Forced sterilisation violates human rights, sexual and reproductive rights - CGE
Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) report released on Monday says there is forced and coerced sterilisation in public hospitals.
Clement Manyathela speaks to the Commission for Gender Equality chair, Tamara Mathebula.
This is a gross human rights violation, but also a sexual and reproductive rights violation.Tamara Mathebula, Chairperson - Commission for Gender Equality
This investigation is into allegations of coerced and forced sterilisation of about 48 women which we sampled in the two provinces of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng.Tamara Mathebula, Chairperson - Commission for Gender Equality
She says the information they received from nurses and doctors is that people were given consent forms whether they wanted sterilisation.
But when we interviewed the complainants themselves they said they did not even know what they were signing...and some of them did not even understand what the cesarian section was about.Tamara Mathebula, Chairperson - Commission for Gender Equality
She says the sterilisation was done at the same time as the cesarian section.
That part was not explained.Tamara Mathebula, Chairperson - Commission for Gender Equality
Where to from here?
Mathebula says the report will be tabled with the national Department of health as well as the CGE's binding recommendations.
CGE will also meet with the Hospice Palliative Care Association Of South Africa (HPCA) and the South African Nursing Council.
All three institutions should tell us what is it that they are going to do to deal with the nurses and doctors involved in these cases of forced or coerced sterilisations.Tamara Mathebula, Chairperson - Commission for Gender Equality
She says there are plans to meet with the health department and ask it to investigate this issue nationwide.
Listen to what the chair of the Gender Equality Commission has to say about its findings below:
Oscar van Heerden on the reasons he believes South Africa should not turn to the IMF for a general loan amid Covid-19 crisis.Read More
Numsa's Vuyo Lufele reports back after the union accused the bus service of overloading and putting lives at risk.Read More
Reverend Chris Nissen says more civil society monitoring is needed to keep the volatile lockdown situation in check.Read More
FF Plus founder and former defence force chief General Constand Viljoen died on Friday at the age of 86.Read More
Legal journo Karyn Maughan gives an update on the application by civil organisation, the Fair and Equitable Society.Read More
National Santaco spokesperson Thabiso Molelekwa insists it never supported the 100% passenger occupancy of minibus taxis.Read More
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has outlined changes to the regulations governing public transportation during lockdown.Read More
Public Servants Association says government is being opportunistic using Covid-19 crisis to cite reasons for no increase.Read More
AmaBhungane investigative journalist Micah Reddy reports that police said their orders 'came from the top'.Read More
Despite a lack of clarity for people living in housing estates and complexes regarding the use of communal spaces, SAPS is clear.Read More