Manglin Pillay denies saying South Africa should not invest more in women

Manglin Pillay who is the CEO of the South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) is under immense fire for his ‘misogynistic’ comments.

Pillay wrote an article in the July Civil Engineering magazine in South Africa questioning whether the country should invest in women in science‚ technology‚ engineering and mathematics because they were more “predisposed” to “caring and people” careers.

He also shared this on the professional social media network, LinkedIn he said “most women” at a certain age “prefer to work part-time or dedicate themselves completely to child rearing or pursuing other meaningful exploits generally related to caring”‚ the Sunday Times reported at the weekend.

Manglin Pillay

SAICE’s executive board distanced itself from the article‚ saying it was “horrified” and “unfortunate”. SAICE is holding an emergency board meeting on Wednesday to address the furore around the article.

SAICE’s executive board distanced itself from the article‚ saying it was “horrified” and “unfortunate”. SAICE is holding an emergency board meeting on Wednesday to address the furore around the article.

Manglin Pillay, CEO of South African Institution of Civil Engineering, has denied saying the country shouldn’t invest more in women.

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WomEng‚ an organisation that deals with issues faced by women in the engineering sector‚ has started a petition on GoPetition twitter calling for Pillay to be ousted from his position.

The petition said he had “used his leadership role and public platform of the SAICE magazine to pen a misogynistic article about women in the engineering industry.

SAICE has distanced itself from the article‚ subsequently retracted it and is yet to take any action in response to the article.

“We at WomEng have issued and stand by our statement for SAICE to act swiftly to remove Manglin Pillay as CEO.

His poor and misrepresented facts‚ blatant sexist comments and unfounded arguments have no place in the engineering sector.

We ask you to join us by signing this petition to demand SAICE to set an example by removing Manglin Pillay as their CEO and sending a message to the engineering industry that discrimination of any type will not be tolerated and if the sector truly believes in transformation‚ they will set the precedent.”

Pillay told the Sunday Times that he was simply starting a discussion. “The article is based on a technical‚ scientific study.

If anyone wants to debate‚ it must not be an emotive discussion‚ it must be based on data.”

In the article‚ he wrote: “The fact that more men occupy high profile executive posts is tremendous not because of gender but because of appetite for work load and extreme performance requirements at that level‚ choosing what is important and where to allocate time.”

His comments have been met with outrage on social media.

“It’s because of men like #ManglinPillay that women aren’t given the “opportunities” to take on STEM (science‚ technology‚ engineering and mathematics) roles.

The SAICE board is convening an urgent meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) to deal with the matter, we can speculate that Pillay will be removed as CEO of the South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE).

Here’s the commentary on social media site Twitter: 


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