The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) said only the leadership of women can revive and unite the ANC after the Party lost key Metropilitan Councils.
ANCWL’s President Bathabile Dlamini said it is time women are given a chance to lead the branches of the organisation.
“…we should go back to our structures, have women to lead branches of the ANC as they constitute the majority of the membership of the ANC,” said Dlamini.
The ANCWL on Sunday held a briefing in Pretoria, where reiterated that the next ANC president should be a woman.
“We are not backing down on our mandate that the next President of the ANC must be a woman… and make sure we carry out the mandate of South Africans working with women of all sub-sectors ,” said Dlamini
She added the ANC must enforce the 50/50 representation policy. She also said the top six should also consists of equal number of women,
“Women must enforce the 50/50 representation policy of the ANC in all our structures and that towards the policy conference we want to propose that the top six of the ANC must have 50/50 representation. We also want to lobby for officials (top six) of the ANC to be recognized as structure,” said Dlamini.
Dlamini then called on the government and the organisation to protect women and promote women leadership, following the intimidation of women during ANC electioneering.
“We have noted with great concern that during the list process many women were nominated and supported by communities but were removed, some could not come out because they feared for their lives,” said Dlamini.
She then urged Party structures to adhere to the 50/50 representation policy.
“We experienced the most brutal and most cruel and merciless killings of women comrades and we cannot allow this to continue… most structures did not adhere to the policy, patriarchy reared its ugly head and women were intimidated and some instances killed because men wanted to hold onto power,” she added
By Senzile Kubheka