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genderequality thumb medium95 87City Press writes that the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is under siege – by its own chairperson Lulama Nare, who has been described by staff as “a human wrecking ball”.  

Complaints from more than a dozen ordinary staff members claim that she has tried to “hijack” the commission’s work and has been “waging a war with the chief executive” since becoming chair in October last year.  The staff also claim that Nare has created a climate of fear, intimidation and bullying and relentlessly meddles in operational matters.  However, the commission has strongly denied the allegations, saying Nare “acknowledges that she is not perfect and no one is”.  The CGE went on to state:”  “She has never bullied or intimidated a staff member ... She has a very good, healthy relationship with commissioners, management and staff.  All she did was try and establish an environment where people can engage with her office openly, accessibly and freely.”  Nare achieved a certain level of fame for dressing down management staff for almost two hours at a strategic planning meeting in May with a “rambling, chaotic” speech that was posted on social media.  Staff say they fear Nare because she is “erratic”, and claim she has repeatedly called staff “useless” or “stupid”, and habitually comes late for meetings, but won’t allow them to start without her.  “When you speak up in a meeting you know there will be trouble afterwards,” said one staffer.  But commissioners denied the claims and urged staff to lay grievances.

  • Read Charl Blignaut’s detailed report in this regard in full at City Press

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