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Research shows women still underrepresented in politics

Three DA-run cities has seen a decline in female councillors & office bearers, according to a report.

FILE: DA supporters celebrate the party's local government election results at a rally in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Commission for Gender Equality has found that gender mainstreaming and equality has suffered in the wake of this year's municipal elections, with women still underrepresented in politics.

The organisation has released a preliminary report on gender based observations for eight metropolitan municipalities.

Nelson Mandela Bay, along with the cities of Tshwane and Cape Town, has seen a decline in female councillors and office bearers.

The organisation says patriarchy in politics has also contributed to women being excluded from leadership roles.

The commission's head of research, Dr Thabo Rapoo, says women continue to be underrepresented.

"Three metros have the largest gaps between male and females, these are Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Cape Town, and these are cities run by the Democratic Alliance."