27 February 2018
The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) respects that it is the sole prerogative of the President to appoint the Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers as per section 91 (2) and 93 (1) (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
Whilst the ANCWL welcomes the decision of His Excellency Ramaphosa, it is important to highlight that the Cabinet reshuffle did not adequately achieve the 50/50% gender parity. The ANC must be the epitome of gender equality in theory and in practice and that has to reflect even in the ANC led government from national to local level.
Notwithstanding the strides made by the ANC led government since 1994, there is high level of inequalities, unemployment and poverty that most of the victims are women, youth and children and that needs radical approach to address those injustices. The appointed Ministers and Deputy Ministers must hit the ground running and ensure that in their different portfolios they unashamedly implement the resolutions of the ANC 54th national conference without fail.
The ANCWL further calls all the appointees to ensure that in their portfolios they advocate for gender equality which is not just a fundamental human right but it has a huge potential to reduce unemployment and poverty. All departments must introduce gender budgeting in order to reduce the high level of socio-economic inequalities between men and women in the country. Reports have shown that countries that are doing well on gender equality enjoy some of the associated socio-economic benefits.
The ANCWL wishes all the appointees well in their roles. Radical socio-economic transformation now or never!!
ANCWL Secretary General
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