The scourge of trading sexual favours for jobs has now allegedly reared its head in Queenstown in the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality and must be investigated as a matter of urgency.
Today, 22 January 2019, I was joined by Geordin Hill-Lewis, Team One South Africa Spokesperson for Access to Jobs, and Georgina Faldtman, EC Premier Campaign Spokesperson for Women, in standing up against Sex for Jobs in Queenstown.
We were joined by community members and local councillors during a picket outside the Chris Hani Regional Offices of the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works.
This follows allegations of sex being requested of desperate women to ensure jobs within the department’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
We also met with the department’s regional director to bring the allegations to his attention.
I will now escalate this issue to my colleagues in the Eastern Cape Legislature to request an urgent investigation by the Department of Roads and Public Works into the allegations in Queenstown.
Government must, as a matter of urgency, criminalise Sex for Jobs interviews (also known as carpet interviews).
The only way we will combat the scourge of carpet interviews is if we deal swiftly and decisively with each and every perpetrator.
We must show zero tolerance for this kind of abuse, and we must show no leniency at all for those found guilty. Perpetrators must be convicted by the law.
A DA government will ensure that carpet interviews are criminalised and all perpetrators arrested by an honest and professional police force that protects our people.
Under a DA national government, building One South Africa for All will mean women will be safe from any form of violence, abuse or intimidation, will be able to equally participate in the economy, through fair access to real and long-term jobs while feeling safe in their communities.
DA EC Premier Candidate
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