Cell C boss: Women have a 'bitch switch'
Jose Dos Santos's comments about women in the workplace hit the wrong note.
JOHANNESBURG - The CEO of mobile network Cell C has come under fire for comments he made while sharing his views on women in the workplace.
During a recent interview on CliffCentral's Leadership Platform, Jose Dos Santos said he was pro women empowerment and wanted a woman to take over his position when he stepped down.
But not all of his comments about women were received in a positive light.
He noted that African women had a higher tolerance level than men and that the company had employed good-looking, clever women.
"We have smart women, and that has created a different environment."
Dos Santos said gorgeous women were good for the company because the men dressed better and they shaved every morning.
"You know women do have a bitch switch, and boy, if you see two women fighting it is worse than two men."
His statements did not go unnoticed, with people venting their frustrations on Twitter:
Cell C CEO objectifying women. If he still has a job tomorrow, then this country is going to the dogs ! https://t.co/pdH7Isb9Oi— Armandt van Helden (@ibadaan) April 19, 2016
Cell C CEO says one day when he steps down, he hopes a woman takes after him .... coz, wait for it.... "women have a bitch switch ..." WOW !— Abby King (@Obakeng_N) April 19, 2016
Dear Cell C CEO: Are the men at my workplace not shaving or dressing better because I'm not gorgeous enough for them, bbz?— Pearl Boshomane (@Pearloysias) April 19, 2016
Dear Cell C CEO,— Annie Brookstone (@AnnieBrookstone) April 19, 2016
I've been "hardworking and loyal" for many years. When can I retire to the farm?
Thanks so much,
Female in the workplace
The Cell C CEO needs to add a bitch switch to improve their 3G signal, sometimes its so weak it makes me want to switch to Vodacom— Avish (@Avi5h108) April 19, 2016