The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) has reportedly vowed that it will make sure that South Africa has its first female president in 2019.
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ANCWL secretary-general Meokgo Matuba on Thursday said the decision by the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) to campaign and lobby ANC structures to support Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the ruling party’s next leader was premature.
“As the women’s league, we still maintain that the country is ready for a female president … We will make sure that a woman becomes president in the country,” Matuba told News24.
She said the women’s league was waiting for party processes to unfold first where they would be able to lobby on the “proper platforms” of the ANC. She also said they believed the party had a pool of women who were qualified to lead the country.
Outgoing African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is ready and willing to take over the ANC reins. Last month she gave the strongest indication yet that she had ambitions to succeed President Jacob Zuma, as ANC leader next year and ultimately head of state in 2019.
“Women need to take their rightful place in society,” Dlamini-Zuma said in response to The Citizen’s question on the sidelines of a joint sitting of the Africa Editors’ Forum and Press Officers in Pretoria. “They need to be in leadership, academia, the economy and the judiciary.”
ANC Youth League, Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association and the “Premier League”, an ANC lobby group that includes Free State Premier Ace Magashule, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, are also in favour of a woman president.