After accusing Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka of sleeping her way to the top, Democratic Alliance (DA) Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach was accused of misogyny by the South African Women Lawyers Association (Sawla).
Parliament approved Gcaleka’s promotion to Public Protector on Thursday after voting in favor of the recommendation.
A statement made by Breytenbach, who claimed that her ascent up the corporate ladder had been facilitated by what she has called an inappropriate connection with her former boss, has overshadowed the vote of confidence in Gcaleka.
“The very cosy relationship and some say intimate relationship, with her boss, the rather odious Menzi Simelane, led to speedy promotions and her very vocal and active support of his role in the capture of the NPA,” Breytenbach told lawmakers.
The South African Women Lawyers Association expressed disappointment at a female attorney’s sexist remark against another female attorney.
According to the organization, Breytenbach was given the chance to make her accusations against Gcaleka during the Public Protector interviews, but she decided to do so on a platform where Gcaleka was unable to react.
According to Sawla, remarks like this support unfavorable perceptions that limit the potential of black women in leadership positions.
The group has urged the DA to pursue legal action against Breytenbach.