While the ANC youth are bent on taking over the Luthuli house in their bid to unseat President Jacob Zuma and the entire members of the party’s National Executive council, the women wing of the party (ANCWL) has come up with it’s ardent demand that the party’s future president must be a woman.
The ANC Women league secretary general Meokgo Matuba in a media briefing, that the league would not back down in its campaign to have a woman elected as the next ANC president.
This happened as a group of disgruntled members of the party tagged #occupyLuthiliHouse insisted on taking over the house until the party heeds its call for Zuma and NEC members’ immediate removal.
ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini, while speaking to journalists in Pretoria, admitted that the country has been through series of political and economic issues as a result of the incompetence of the ruling party leaders.
However, she added that only women are capable of resurrecting the country and the ruling party from the dead state it is in now.
“The reason we are announcing that we still want a woman president is that we don’t want anyone to be confused. Much as we are threatened, we are still committed to having a woman as the president. A woman who is going to be able to unite the country, and the ANC, and be very decisive – to take action where she is supposed to take action. We think there are many women in the ANC who are equal to that calibre,” Dlamini said.
The league however indicated that though its announcement of its stand for a woman president came at the time the Occupy Luthuli House Campaign staged a protest, it has no link with the group and would in no way support it.
ANCWL’s Matuba called the #OccupyLuthuliHouse campaign organizers ‘cowards’ who are using the political stunt to show people that they can demand that certain things happen in the ANC
“Members of the ANC would understand their roles and responsibilities in terms of the constitution of the ANC. They would seek at all times to defend the ANC but raise their issues with the structures. Going out, organizing anti-revolutionaries will not help them rebuild, re-energize, and revitalize the ANC.”
Matuba pointed out that the party’s women league will not allow the new group to disrupt the activities of the party and warned the #OccupyLuthuliHouse campaigners that they would meet at the governing party’s headquarters.
“We will be there as the women’s league. It is our position and we are not afraid to engage with any individual who wants to engage us as an organization,” she added