This paper examines fronting practices within the private sector that are used to circumvent and bypass the law in South Africa. Fronting aims to present an illusion of compliance with laws that compel the broad mainstreaming of Black African women in managerial echelons and positions within the private sector. Companies that engage in fronting install women in managerial positions to convince law enforcers that they complied with the law, but the women are merely hired to “front” for the company. Most of these women lack the qualifications necessary for managerial positions, but they are included in reported statistics as women that have been mainstreamed within the private sector in compliance with the economic empowerment laws in South Africa. Those fronting and the recruiters for fronting are subject to civil and criminal consequences. This paper exposes fronting within the private sector and how it is used to circumvent the law and to deceive law enforcers by portraying Black women in managerial positions when, in fact, they are used as window dressing. This paper looks at how to tackle and combat fronting and proposes consequences for it.
Matotoka, Motlhatlego Dennis and Odeku, Kolawole Olusola
"Exposing the use of Fronting to Circumvent Mainstreaming of African Women to Managerial Positions in the South African private sector,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 24:
5, Article 10.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol24/iss5/10