African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) president, Bathabile Dlamini, ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Collen Maine and former deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana, have all been elected to the ruling party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
Despite a public outrage and growing calls for Bathabile, who also doubles as the Social Development Minister, to be fired for being incompetent, the controversial women leader finally made to the NEC.
Minister Dlamini is facing heavy criticism for the way she has been handling the social grant payment debacle. In July this year, Cosatu, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Corruption Watch, Cope, the DA and the Methodist Church all called for her resignation for hanging the fate of 17-million South Africans at stake.
Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan also bashed Minister Dlamini at a memorial for ANC Veteran Ahmed Kathrada.
“I never attack a colleague, but today I break that rule. There comes a limit to the lies. Minister Dlamini clearly dropped the ball on grants and must take responsibility, instead of blaming Sassa CEO [and] Treasury,” he said at the time.
The management of the social grant payments has been a point of contention for a number of years. Minister Dlamini’s department has from to March 31, 2018, deadline to make a deal with a new service provider, as ordered by the Constitutional Court.
Bathabile Dlamini is also known for leading a very luxurious lifestyle. Despite the National Treasury’s austerity measures introduced by axed finance minister Pravin Gordhan to minimise wasteful and unnecessary spending of public funds, she bought herself an R1.3 Million luxury German car and an R1.1 million SUV for her deputy.
Recently, it was reported that she travelled to Addis Ababa using DSD Money. In May, it emerged that spent R3.5 million of her department funds on hiring bodyguards to protect her children.
The inclusion of Mduduzi Manana in the newly elected NEC has since attracted fierce opposition from the public. Recall that Manana resigned from his position in August amid assault charges for hitting a woman in a Johannesburg nightclub on August 5.
The former deputy minister succumbed to pressure from civil organizations, opposition parties, ANC senior members, and many citizens after a group of human rights organizations wrote to President Zuma, persuading him to dismiss Manana.
Mduduzi was sentenced for the assault in November when he was ordered to pay a fine of R100‚000‚ or face 12 months in prison and to perform 500 hours of community service.
The ANC NEC is the highest decision-making body of the ANC. All major decisions between national conferences go through this body.
South Africans react to Manana’s election to ANC NEC
Bathabile Dlamini, Lindiwe Sisulu and NDZ are on the same #ANCNEC with Mduduzi Manana but they want to have us they believe they are against violence against women? FOH.
— Zema (@ZemaSoks) December 21, 2017
Dear Women, just an honest heartfelt question. Mduduzi Manana made it back onto the NEC. Do you believe the ANC is serious about your peace, safety, well-being and place in society when a known and convicted woman basher’s only punishment is a R100K bail? #ANC54
— Itumeleng Monametsi (@TheRealBabyZee) December 21, 2017
Mduduzi Manana is in the ANC NEC. So much for self-correction. It's almost as if the ANC hates women!!!
— Tshepo David Khoza (@khozalities) December 21, 2017
Still trying to make sense of the wisdom of electing Faith Muthambi but not Ayanda Dlodlo, electing Colleen Mainebut not Mcebisi Jonas, electing Bathabile Dlamini but not Jeremy Cronin. I can go and on….. am still in awe!!
— khaye Nkwanyana (@khayeLK) December 21, 2017