JOHANNESBURG, The ANC Women’s League, the women’s wing of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) says the outcome of voting for the ANC’s top six positions at the national elective conferenmce taking place here this week reflects how entrenched patriarchy is in the party and in South African society as a whole.
Only one woman, Jessie Duarte, made it to the Top Six as she managed to get re-elected Deputy Secretary-General. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma lost the President’s position to incumbent Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, while Maite Nkoana-Mashabane lost the position of Treasurer-General to Paul Mashatile.
Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini said here Tuesday: We feel that the ANC has failed the women of South Africa. We have to express our disappointment.
“The ANC indeed has indeed regressed on the issue of women, we cannot be proud of this outcome. Patriarchy has once again reared its ugly head. We are the majority in the ANC and in the society and we cannot celebrate the outcome that undermines the power of women in the ANC.
The ANC Women’s League says it will seek to regain lost ground through the election of its members onto the party’s 80-strong National Executive Committee (NEC) for which voting began later Tuesday.
Speaking on behalf of the ANC Women’s League, senior ANC member and Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said: We need to go back to the drawing board because when delegates also have a mandate that mandate starts at grassroots level. Branches must have that understanding that we need women in key decision-making structures of the ANC.
“We respect what has happened now because that is how they have voted, but there are caucuses that are ongoing and the women have made it clear that we must not lose what we have lost.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK