Johannesburg - The ANC had heeded calls of deploying women candidates in strategic metropolitan municipalities, the ANCWL said on Monday, welcoming the announcement of the party's mayoral candidates.
"We will continue on this path towards the 2017 elective conference where we will call for a woman president," ANC Womens League president Bathabile Dlamini said in a statement.
Dlamini said its officials met leaders of gender desks within the ANC’s alliance partners to strengthen the commitment the ANCWL has made to South African women.
Dlamini said this relationship would help them monitor efforts the government and private sector were making to ensure women were in decision-making positions.
"The ANCWL calls upon all women to support all the comrades nominated by the ANC in municipalities as they execute the mandate of the organisation. Women constitute the majority of ANC members," she said.
The ANC announced its mayoral candidates for the 2016 local elections after hours of deliberations by its national executive committee in Tshwane on Saturday evening.
The ANC chose women as its mayoral candidates in three metros: eThekwini, Tshwane, and Mangaung.
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