The men in the Xhosa royal family have come against growing demand by most South Africans, particularly from the ruling party, for a female as the country’s next president.
In what seems like a short tough look at the country’s presidential race, the Xhosa royal family came against the choice of women like Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next SA president, saying she, like every woman, is too “delicate and “vulnerable” to be president.
“The King said he wonders, with women’s vulnerability, will she be able to handle the role? Men have been struggling with the job. It’s a question that we need to ask. This was not directed purely at Dlamini-Zuma, it’s to all women,” said Prince Xhanti who was quick to defend his king brother.
This comment about a possible woman president came amid strong demand from the women’s league of the ruling African National Congress ANCWL for AU executive chair, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become ANC’s next president.
The wing’s National executive Committee had this year, officially endorsed the former chair who is also President Jacob Zuma’s former wife.
The women were saying NDZ [Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma] is a leader in her own right, proven and tested. To show that she was never [President] Jacob Zuma’s puppet, she supported former President Thabo Mbeki in Polokwane, ANC deputy general secretary Jessie Duarte said as the league braced itself for a fierce fight for the 50/50 policy – as resolved by the ANC’s 2012 National Conference – to be applied to the party’s top six positions.
Until now, the highest position occupied by a woman has been that of the national chairperson, currently occupied by Mbete, and deputy secretary generals that have included current incumbent Duarte, Sankie Mahanyele-Mthembu, Cheryl Carolus and Thenjiwe Mthintso.
This echoes the youth League of the ANC who reiterated that they need a female president, not just Dlamimi Zuma. The ANC Youth League said it would give its full support for a female president as a way of bringing about a leadership change in the party.
“We support the call for a woman president, in principle. That call we support, but Dlamini-Zuma is not the only female in the ANC. Dlamini can be a president. We agree there must be a change,”ANCYL’s leader Collen Maine
Meanwhile, Xhanti denied claims that the Xhosa royal family was in any way sexist. He emphasized that the king welcomes queens and female chiefs and pointed that the King did not say she is not fit to lead.
The Xhosa royal family also in an implied statement, came against Cyril Rhamaposa as the future president, saying neither himself nor Dlamini-Zuma will fit in the presidential seat. This according to them is because the two would follow Zuma’s footsteps