DA requests investigation into Eastern Cape sex-for-jobs, sex-for-houses allegations

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DA requests investigation into Eastern Cape sex-for-jobs, sex-for-houses allegations

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Apr 15, 2019DA Eastern Cape says sex-for-jobs and sex-for-housing must be investigatedPort Elizabeth – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape on Monday said that it has written to the Commission for Gender Equality to request an immediate investigation into the illegal practices of sex-for-jobs and sex-for-housing in the Eastern Cape.”Since last year Ms Georgina Faldtman and I have picked up issues during our travels throughout the Eastern Cape. During this time, we have been informed of many incidences of vulnerable and struggling women who have had to use their bodies as CV’s to get work,” said Nqaba Bhanga, DA Eastern Cape leader.”These damning revelations came to light during discussions with women, specifically in Komani, Reeston in East London and Missionvale in Nelson Mandela Bay.”He said that it was quite clear from the interactions they with these women that they fear for their lives should they come forward.”We came across at least three examples of Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) sex-for-jobs allegations in Komani in the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality,” Bhanga said.”We therefore request the Commission to start an investigation into the Eastern Cape Department of Public Works – the department in charge of the EPWP.”The shocking practice of demanding sex-for-houses is also prevalent in Komani.”‘Women allegedly slept with Enoch Migijima Local Municipality officials to get RDP houses’He added that three young women came forward and said they had allegedly slept with Enoch Migijima Local Municipality officials to receive RDP houses.”We spoke to a woman who did not have sex-for-houses, but because someone else did so, she lost the house she was entitled to. The sex-for-houses scourge is thus a double edged sword.”Bhanga said that the DA Women’s Network (DAWN) in the Eastern Cape has written to the Commission for Gender Equality to immediately investigate these issues.”We must show zero tolerance for this kind of abuse, and we must show no leniency at all for those found guilty.”Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook. For news on the Western Cape click here.

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