Disband Xingwana's ministry - DA

DA MP Helen Lamoela said around 42 percent of department positions have not been filled.

Minister Lulu Xingwana. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma must do away with the Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday.

Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Helen Lamoela says the ministry should be incorporated into the Department of Social Development.

She says the ministry is failing to fulfil its function.

Lamoela also raised concerns about the department's high vacancy rate.

She said around 42 percent of positions have not been filled.

Some posts have been vacant for 10 months, the MP said.

"Five years down the line, the department is still not providing the outcomes that we'd love to see and it is a shame."

The department, which is headed by Minister Lulu Xingwana, was first launched by Zuma in 2009.

It is meant to promote and protect the rights of women, children and people with disabilities.