Honourable Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane is a passionate advocate for eradicating gender-based violence and caring for victims. Honourable Nkosi-Malobane is a seasoned lawmaker who goes beyond her primary mandate in order to actively address one of the biggest challenges that South African society faces. One of the initiatives she has driven is the Gauteng Legislature Multi-Party Women’s Caucus (MPWC), which brings together women from different political parties in order to deal with the common issues they are facing.
In the latest Top Women podcast, Tonie Samkange, CEO of ThePRHouse speaks to the Honourable Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane about her efforts to deal with gender-based violence, the role the Gauteng Provincial Legislature plays, the cycles women and children are forced into and how coming together, regardless of gender, age or profession can lead to further progress in eradicating violence against women and children.
Key takeaways to listen out for in this podcast:
- Even women in leadership positions need support, to gain the skills required to provide services.
- Men also need to play their part. It cannot be incumbent on women to bear the burden of fighting gender-based violence.
- Communities need to collectively hold men to a higher standard.
- We need to provide young women with the basics so that they do not have to rely on men.
- Every person along the criminal justice system needs to play their part in dealing with perpetrators.
- Children need to be given safe spaces for them to share their pain.
- Relationships between the different arms of the state are important. The legislature and executive need to work together to ensure services are provided to citizens.
- Vulnerable groups in society need to have representation among lawmaking bodies.
- Experts can provide comments and recommendations that cover knowledge gaps within the legislature.
- Reflections and campaigns on gender-based violence need to be part of the whole calendar year due to the severity of the problem.
The Honourable Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane is the Chairperson of Committees (Chair of Chairs) in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. She has served on the Gauteng Provincial Legislature since 2009, where she began as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Community Safety and Education. The Hon. Nkosi-Malobane was a Member of the Executive Council for the Community Safety portfolio from 2014 to 2019 and formed part of various positions as a Member of the Mayoral Committee for the City of Johannesburg.