ANC Leadership Race: ANCWL Unveils Names Of Preferred Top Six Officials

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The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL), on Monday night, officially unveiled its preferred candidate to succeed President Jacob Zuma as ANC’s next president.

In addition to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, whom the league officially backed for president, the ANCWL added two other women – Jessie Duarte and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to its choice slate.

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While the league picked Duarte as its deputy secretary-general, its named Nkoana-Mashabane as its preferred treasurer-general.

The ANCWL also named Mpumalanga Premier and ANC provincial chairperson David “DD” Mabuza named as it’s preferred deputy president, current Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa as national chairperson and Free State Premier Ace Magashule as secretary-general.

On Sunday, the women league’s NEC had a meeting, which was primarily convened to nominate preferred ANC leadership to serve in the ANC NEC post the 54th National Conference in December 2017.

There, the league unanimously agreed that the six names on its slate are competent enough to champion the radical economic transformation policy, aimed at eradicating inequalities, unemployment and poverty in the country.

On why the league has three women on its slate, the ANCWL said it’s comfortable with 50% of the additional members of the ANC NEC being women, as it has always preached gender equality.

The league added in a statement:

“For over 23 [years], the majority have been enjoying political freedom with little or nothing to celebrate on economic freedom.

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The economy is still in the hands of the minority. The leadership to be elected in the 54th ANC National Conference must be fearless and unapologetic in implementing the radical economic transformation (sic).”



Our preferred candidates are as follows:

1. President: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

2. Deputy president: DD Mabuza

3. National chairperson: Nathi Mthethwa

4. Secretary-general: Ace Magashule

5. Deputy secretary-general: Jessie Duarte

6. Treasurer-general: Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Meanwhile, the ANCWL in Northern Cape has defied its mother body by endorsing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as Zuma’s successor.

According to provincial secretary, Topsy Vilakazi, former AU chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was also nominated but the vote went in favour of Ramaphosa.