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‘ANC branches must lead fight against social & racial inequalities’

Human Settlement Portfolio Committee Chair Nocawe Mafu has given feedback on discussions about social transformation.

Human Settlement Portfolio Committee chair Nocawe Mafu. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Human Settlement Portfolio Committee chair Nocawe Mafu has given feedback on discussions about social transformation.

Mafu says most of the discussion has been about how important branch members are in leading the fight against social and racial inequalities.

Mafu says African National Congress (ANC) branches will have to play a more important role in ensuring social cohesion in communities.

Mafu says it was agreed that branches must communicate frequently with civil society and faith-based organisations in order to keep in touch with communities.

“We’ve also resolved that the ANC members must be very exemplary in their conduct in their families, communities and the organisation. If we are saying the ANC is the leader of society, then it must do so by example (sic).”

She says delegates also discussed women and child abuse.

“We’ve also spoken about the issue of violence against women. We’re reintegrating the fact that the street, village and block committees are critical so that they’re able to pick up those issues that deal with violence against women and children early and be able to deal with them.

"We’re reiterating the fact that patriarchy is still a big problem in our societies and communities and the ANC must do everything in its power to make sure that women are being empowered."

Mafu says it was also resolved that the incoming NEC must make sure of the implementation of these resolutions.

ANC RESOLVES TO DECRIMINALISE SEX WORK

At the same time, the ANC has resolved to fully decriminalise sex work.

The decriminalisation of sex work basically means the removal of criminal penalties for sex work.

In the last decade, organisations such as UNAIDS and the World Health Organization have called on countries around the world to decriminalise sex work in an effort to tackle HIV/Aids and to ensure sex workers have proper access to healthcare.

These organisations have argued that removing criminal prosecution for sex workers creates a safer and healthier environment and allows them to live with less social exclusion and stigma.

“The commission took a resolution that there must decriminalisation of sex work and that we must always be in line with what we’ve said as the ANC in the Constitution of the country,” Mafu said.

New Zealand was the first country to decriminalised sex work.

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