South Africa engineer Pillay sacked after sexism furore
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South Africa engineer Pillay sacked after sexism furore

Cape Town, Sep 7: The head of South Africa's civil engineering institution (Saice) has been sacked after he wrote that fewer women take up the profession because they were "more predisposed to caring".

Manglin Pillay said that women preferred to "raise children than to be at the beck and call of shareholders". He later apologised but Saice said it has terminated his contract.Just 5 per cent of Saice's 6,000 professional members are women.

South Africa's Commission for Gender Equality welcomed Mr Pillay's departure saying it would help the "fight against sexism and objectifying of women". (UNI)