Women’s League breaks ranks wi

Women’s League breaks ranks with ANC, defends Dlamini-Zuma endorsement

Despite being told off for ‘prematurely’ endorsing a candidate for the ANC’s succession race by giving their vote to Zuma’s ex wife, the Women’s League refuses to back down on its decision.

Women’s League breaks ranks wi

The party hasn’t even announced exactly when a new president will be elected, but that’s not stopping structures and alliance partners from throwing their weight behind the two clear leaders in the race.

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Last year Cosatu endorsed deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as the new president, and at the ANC’s 105th birthday bash last weekend the Women’s League said it wants Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as our new president.

Both Cosatu and the Women’t League got a solid talking to from the ruling party which labelled their endorsements as premature and divisive.

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Despite being told not to, The ANCWL has defended its position, saying it had always been pushing for greater representation within the party and this could not be seen as an ill-disciplined move.

Even after secretary general Gwede Mantashe told them off, the League said it was merely sticking to its policy of calling for a female president, adding that, despite the ANC’s commitment to emancipation, women still make up a minority within the party.

Party leadership insists that no endorsements should be made before they’ve determined which kind of leader must be put forward to take over from Zuma in December, but the Women’s League has made up its mind.