25 July 2017
The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) has noted with disdain the article published by the Business Live attributed to Cde Lindiwe Sisulu. The article purports Cde Lindiwe being aggrieved by the decision taken by the duely constituted extended NEC meeting of the ANCWL held from the 6-7 January 2017 at St George's Conference Centre, Irene to an extend where she labels the ANCWL as undemocratic.
The democratically elected leadership of the ANCWL under Cde Bathabile Dlamini and her collective will not allow to be drawn into public spats with Cde Lindiwe or any leader of the movement. The ANCWL extends an invite to Cde Lindiwe to approach her ANCWL branch and raise any of her dissatisfaction about the ANCWL. In case she is not an active member in any ANCWL branch she can directly take the matter to the ANCWL Regional structures/ Provincial structures within her area or make submissions to the office of the Secretary General of the ANCWL. Like all submitted grievances, her grievances will be given necessary attention through the internal processes and procedures of the organisation.
The ANCWL as the frontrunner of the emancipation of women within the ANC and its structures and at all levels in government and the South African Society as a whole; will continue to mobilise, organise and unite South African women to participate in the struggle for the liberation of all oppressed groups. The ANCWL will not grow weary from promoting women's participation in every sector of public life and to strive for women's participation in every office.
The ANCWL calls all its supporters and members to desist from partaking in politics of populism and opportunism amplified by some neoliberal media houses. A loyal selfless members and supporters of ANCWL must focus on building structures that will work actively towards the dismantling of the patriarchal system, the elimination of laws, customs, practices and structures which militate against equality and oppose any strengthening of patriarchy. There is also a need for patriotic citizens to intensify campaigns for an end to all forms of violence against women, children and other vulnerable groups in South Africa.
Persuasion not character assassination, labelling and name-calling must be encouraged in particular by those with a desire to lead. The masses still needs the ANC beyond the 2017 national elective conference for it to advance the National Democratic Revolution. The poor and the working class are daily feeling the wrath of the legacies of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Black people are still landless and economically marginalised after attaining the right to vote. Society must unite and objectively fight against any form of fraud and corruption in public and private sector. There is high level of inequality, poverty and unemployment and any person who focuses on petty squabbles and character assassinations of others is advancing narrow personal agenda and portrays characteristics of not being fit to lead any structure in the country.
As an integral part of the ANC, the ANCWL regards the unity of the ANC and its leagues as sacrosanct. Anyone who is aggrieved by decision of the democratically elected structures of the ANC or its leagues must use the organisational internal processes. Those with ambitions of being entrusted with responsibility of being at the helm of leading the ANC in December 2017, must lead by example in this regard. It is only through unity of purpose within the ANC that the masses will continously entrust the ANC with the responsibility to be the leader of society.
ANCWL Secretary General
Cde Toko Xasa
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