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Let’s contradict ANC deployment of premiers

22 May 2014, 05:00

The African National Congress (ANC) has announced the premiers for the eight provinces of the country, following my article post elections a Complimentary and contradictory approach as a tool for students and ANC members in relation to ANC.

I want to lead by example and contradict the ANC publicly with regard to gender representation as it is clear that Out of the entire eight provinces only one woman, Sylvia Lucas, will take the position of premier.

What does this mean for South African woman in terms of their politically capacity?

Is the ANC trying to say women are not capable to take decisions? Well only there ANC NEC knows the truth and the really motive to replace women premiers with male dominated structures across provinces.

From the above the ANC gender policy correctly notes that “The ultimate goal of an approach to engender policy and practice is the empowerment of women, where empowerment refers to women becoming active agents in the transformation of their own lives and that of society as a whole”.

To expand on this my interest is the use of the term “empowerment” by the ANC policy and how they have the NEC contradicted themselves through the premiers deployment what they have done is not empowerment but disempowerment of women as a whole in South Africa.

For the fact that women are going to be speakers as articulated by Secretary general Gedwe mantashe that “The NEC resolved that across all provinces speakers will be females to ensure gender representation” it is highly disappointing that in this juncture women are still seen as speakers, deputies, secretaries or treasures .

And that alone has led me to conclude that the dream of being led by a woman in this country is far-fetched.

SASCO gender policy noted something profound when it points out that “Women are further under-represented in structures of governance, as these are male dominated”
What SASCO policy pointed out is evident as we have seen the nomination of David Makhura, Supra Mahumapelo, Phumulo Godfrey Masualle, Senzo Mchunu, Ace Magashule, Stan Mathabatha, David Mabuza.

Premiers form part of governance meaning that the appointment of these comrades represents male dominated structure and it is with that in mind that Iam contradicting the ANC decision not to at least deploy 3 or 4 women as premiers for continuity on gender transformation.

ANCWL must with no fear reject and note with disappointment this insult to women by ANC NEC as much as we acknowledge the role they are playing to protect and expose those who rape, kill women but what the ANC did with regard to deployment of premiers is a serious crime that must be noted and arrogantly exposed.

Apart from that all MDM structures have gender policy and issues of rhetoric are not going to help move South Africa forward. So MDM structures must also condemn the ANC and call it to order Women must be represented they are capable.

Nevertheless, congratulations on the premiers deployed. We hope you will continue telling the good story of the ANC. And work hard as we approach 2016 local elections and 2019 general elections may god give you courage and strength.

However, we must question the decision taken by our ANC NEC to deploy only one woman it is a disgrace and women must reject such and express their concern if it means mass demonstrations let it be, if it means public spats let it be wathinta abafazi wathinta imbokodo… cry our beloved women.

Doing it for Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Dorothy Nyembe, Sifiso Simelane is a member of ANCYL, ANC, and SASCO

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