The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) has shared why they won’t be celebrating the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as African National Congress (ANC) new president.
League president Bathabile Dlamini while addressing the media said the organisation “is not and cannot be proud of this outcome” because the ruling party has failed the women of South Africa.
Dlamini also expressed great disappointment with the sexist remarks that were made about former African Union (AU) chairperson Dlamini-Zuma, claiming that she was insulted, trampled and reduced to being an ex-wife.
Nevertheless, Bathabile thanked Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for putting up a good fight, despite being the target of criticism and insults.
Emphasizing further on the male-dominated top six, the president of the league remarked that newly elected deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte would not have made it to the post had she competed against a man. Duarte defeated Zingiswa Losi for the position of deputy secretary-general.
With these, she called on the ruling party to dismantle the ugly head of the demon of patriarchy which has gotten the better part of the people.
“We fought a good fight. This was history in the making for the women in the ANC. For the first time, we had a female on the ballot paper as a presidential candidate. Our common goal should be fighting and defeating patriarchy,
“The ANC has got to take a decision about how women are going to be affirmed. The ANC has indeed regressed on the issue of women. We cannot be proud of this outcome [because] patriarchy has once again reared its ugly head.
Comrade Jessie was able to make it because she stood against another woman. If she had stood against a man‚ she would have been thrown under the bus.
On Monday night, deputy prsident Cyril Ramaphosa, was elected the new leader of the ANC. Of the over 4800 delegates who voted in the Congress, tainted by allegations of vote-buying and rigging, 2,440 voted for the 65-year-old businessman to edge out his closest rival, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 68, an ex-wife of incumbent, Jacob Zuma
Ramaphosa’s win was engineered through a last-minute deal brokered by the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Gauteng on Sunday night. Under the deal, the Eastern Cape promised to support Mabuza as the deputy president in return for their backing Ramaphosa for the top post
The position of the deputy president was secured by David Mabuza who beat Lindiwe Sisulu by more than 300 votes, while Free State premier Ace Magashule pipped former KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu by just 24 votes for the secretary-general position.
Paul Mashatile defeated Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in the race for treasurer general of the party while former secretary-general Gwede Mantashe was elected the chairperson.