African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would be having it all rosy within the ANC Women League (ANCWL) whenever it’s time to succeed President Jacob Zuma.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is rumored to be planning on contesting the position of ANC leader once President Jacob Zuma’s term ends in 2017.
In addition, the ANCWL disclosed that, should any other female candidate indicate interest for the seat of the president, the league won’t hesitate to throw its back behind her.
ANCWL To Support Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Or Eligible Candidate
ANCWL’s president, Bathabile Dlamini told reporters on Thursday, “this is the decision of the conference of the ANCWL. It’s no longer a decision of an individual. The ANC has called upon all of us to put aside the issues of the coming conference and focus on elections.”
She revealed that the responsibility of queuing behind female candidates starts from the party’s branches, who would be tasked with the responsibility of selecting suitable candidates for the post.
“We don’t want to divide women. Our responsibility is to unite our country. Any candidate that has been selected by the branches we will support. And therefore, after that process, our responsibility will be to back any candidate that will have been selected by branches.
Dlamini said the league would carefully select other eligible candidates and won’t be in a hurry to do so. “We have women that can stand as president of the country. We don’t want to create confusion among ourselves and start deciding on names here,” she said.
Thereafter, the league would meet with selected candidates in a closed-door meeting, where it wold make a final selection of candidate.
The League also announced its preparations for this year’s 60th anniversary celebrations of the women’s rights march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
ANCWL Secretary-General Meokgo Matuba said, a range of programmes which would focus attention on Women’s Month in August, as well as the local government elections in the same month have been drawn up, as part of the 60-year celebrations.
Matuba said: “As the ANCWL we also understand that it is women in the main who are in the majority who are members of our movement. We should not disregard the important role that our women play in our politics and in society as a whole.
Since our conference in August, the new leadership of the ANCWL has tried to mobilise women across South Africa to understand that it is in being active in the ANCWL that women’s issues can be addressed because the ANC is the leader of society.”
She also called for gender transformation, particularly in leadership and for a “fifty-fifty representation across all leadership positions”.
However, apart from Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, National Speaker Baleka Mbete is another candidate ‘perceived’ to be willing to take over from Zuma. Though, Mbete is yet to widely announce her ambition, she stated during a traditional ceremony organized in her honour months ago, that she had been severally asked to replace Zuma.