South African engineer sacked for sexist comment

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A South African business leader has been sacked following outrage over his views in an article which questioned whether women were suited for high-profile careers.

South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) said it had terminated Manglin Pillay’s position as CEO with immediate effect.

Saice president Errol Kerst said in a statement on Thursday that the board had spent many hours “carefully deliberating the matter” after receiving “numerous responses” from concerned members about Mr. Pillay.

In the group’s magazine in July Mr. Pillay wrote in a column that women were better suited to “more important enterprises, like family and raising children, [rather] than to be at the beck and call of shareholders”.

He wondered whether there should be investment in attracting women to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Saice had initially accepted Mr. Pillay’s apology and promise to undergo diversity training.

However, Mr Kerst said on Thursday that it would have been remiss of Saice not to take the views of its members seriously.

Campaigners have been celebrating Mr. Pillay’s sacking on social media.

Sammie Idika