Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya says the empowerment of women within the SAPS remains a priority.

This comes as the organization re-launched it’s Women Network and Men for Change programme.

The programme was first launched in 2003 with the objective of promoting gender equality within the workplace and serves as a motivational structure that increases awareness and contributes to changing attitudes and stereotypes on gender issues.

Speaking on Morning Live, Mgwenya says the SAPS is predominantly male dominated which makes the network a necessity.

“The objectives we had in 2003 seem to have fallen away, hence the need to re-launch,” she says.

Mgwenya says: “We can’t be leaving men behind, working together with them we can transform the organisation.”

She says its encouraging to see men come on board and realizing that both genders can work together.