Join us in saying halala to Banyana Banyana and Deputy Chief Justice Mandisa Maya who made history and reached career milestones this week. 😁
🔹South Africa won its first Women’s Africa Cup of Nations after Banyana Banyana defeated hosts Morocco 2-1 on Saturday.
The team received a heroines’ welcome at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday. Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa presented them with a R5.8 million bonus for winning, adding to the R8.3 million tournament prize money.
As we told you last week, Banyana Banyana are long overdue a salary increase. In 2019, Mthethwa said the women’s team made 10 times less than their male counterparts, yet they win more games! Change has been promised for two years, and on Tuesday Mthethwa promised the government would pass a law ensuring equal pay. Is Mthethwa’s latest promise lip service, or will we see some change this time?
🔹In other womandla news, Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) President Mandisa Maya was officially named the Deputy Chief Justice by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday. She was the first woman president of the SCA, the second-highest court in the land, and now the first woman Deputy Chief Justice. This effectively lines her up to become Chief Justice when Raymond Zondo retires from the ConCourt in 2024.
But, as we reported before, Maya is currently the country’s one of three female heads of a superior court. “This is an issue I feel passionate about,” she said. “No country will thrive if a majority of its citizens are downtrodden. That is a scientific fact.”
We love a queen who breaks glass ceilings and takes other women along with her.