25 November 2017
The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) applauds the President of the African National Congress (ANC), Cde Jacob Zuma for hosting a dinner on the 23rd November 2017 with all ANC comrades who made themselves available to be elected as President of the ANC at the 54th National Conference in December 2017 in Nasrec.
The gesture by President Cde Jacob Zuma to host all the candidates for dinner and discuss the importance of promoting unity and protect the integrity of the ANC in the preparations for, during and after the 54th National conference displays his love, dedication and commitment to the ANC. For majority of South Africans, the ANC remains the only hope to eradicate inequality, unemployment and poverty therefore it's unity is sacrosanct. ANC must remain united beyond the 54th National Conference and it is the responsibility of its supporters and members to defend the unity and integrity of the organisation and its principles, and combat any tendency towards disruption and factionalism.
The pictures of women candidates sitting with male candidates on a dinner table with the ANC President signifies that the current ANCWL leadership collective has broken the glass ceiling in the ANC and challenged the highest position within the organisation. In the 105yrs history of the ANC it is for the first time that there are women being nominated to occupy the high echelons of the organisation as President. The ANCWL under the leadership of Cde Bathabile Dlamini and her collective resolved in nominating Cde Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the ANC and thus has encouraged some to nominate other women. With spirit of humility, the current leadership of the ANCWL and its collective will be remembered for their bravery for being the first to resolve and nominate a women to be ANC Presidential candidate.
The ANCWL calls for all ANC members in particular leaders to lobby for their own preferred candidates without using threats of South Africa going to be downgraded if certain candidate doesn't emerge. It is irresponsible, self serving and advancing of narrow political agenda for any ANC leader to indirectly lobby for rating agencies to downgrade South Africa if his/her candidate does not emerge. ANC leaders must know that no one has inherit right to lead the ANC. The decision on who must lead the organisation rest upon the branches of the ANC not rating agencies. The rights of branches must be respected by all within and outside the organisation.
In preparation to the 54th National Conference, the ANCWL will continue persuading other ANC members to support the nomination of Cde Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the person to lead the ANC and with her collective they must usher in radical economic transformation in favour of majority of South Africans. The current dominance of the minority in the management, control and ownership of various economic sectors in the country is not assist in building a united, non-racial prosperous country and healing the division of the past. It is vital for the incoming leadership of the ANC under Cde Dr Dlamini-Zuma to intensify programs to eradicate inequalities, unemployment, poverty in the country and end dehumanisation of majority of the citizens which are African women, children and youth.
Radical economic transformation now or never!!
ANCWL Secretary General
Cde Toko Xasa
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