Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has slammed the ruling party for failing to elect more than one female in the party’s newly elected top six.
Zille took to her Twitter account on social media to share her dissatisfaction with the gender representation unveiled on Monday night. Not only that the party came up with a female top-six member, the controversial and loud-mouthed premier said the fact that she was elected to a deputy position makes things uglier.
“Did I miss something? In 2009, when Western Cape cabinet had only one woman, all hell broke loose. It was challenged in the Human Rights Commission etc. Now the ANC (that formally believes in 50:50 quotas) elects a top six with only one woman, and in a deputy position, nogal!,” she tweeted.
Recall that in 2009, Zille In 2009 was lambasted after she chose an all-male represented leadership on her provincial cabinet.
Similarly, ANC leader Lindiwe Zulu has also criticized the lack of gender equality in the newly elected top six. She asserted that the representation shows that the ANC’s Women’s League still has a long journey ahead of them.
Nevertheless, Zulu said she would push for concerted effort to get more women in the National Executive Committee in order to achieve to 50-50 gender parity.
We all are aware that gender equality is a key ANC policy goal and this was possibly why some people wanted former AU chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed President Zuma as ANC president.
In addition, Lindiwe said the ANC Women League (ANCWL) has no choice but to rally behind the newly elected president Cyril Ramaphosa and his top structure.
“It has to be a United top six because the African National Congress has got no chance of succeeding if we don’t rally behind the leadership that was elected. The branches have spoken and we need to respect the results as they were and we have said‚ if anyone has any issues‚ they need to take it to the steering committee‚” she said.
Cyril Ramaphosa, an anti-apartheid activist turned tycoon and politician, was on Monday night, chosen by the African National Congress as its leader for the next five years.
After the votes of almost 5,000 delegates were counted at the conference centre in Johannesburg, Ramaphosa won with 2,440 votes while his closest rival Dlamini-Zuma received 2,261 votes.
Despite the victory, there are fears that Ramaphosa’s expected push to reform the party and crack down on corrupt patronage networks that have flourished over the last decade might be frustrated by other top six-members aligned to President Zuma.