ANCWL to push for woman president

2014-12-14 11:09
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Cape Town - The ANC Women's League has said it will lobby for a woman to succeed President Jacob Zuma - a move that is set to threaten Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s political future.

According to the Sunday Independent, the ANCWL's move emerged at the league's national policy conference this weekend and one name already being touted as a possible candidate is that of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the AU Commission chairperson and ANC national executive committee member.

Although the ANC's elective conference is still three years away, the succession debate is already raging with Ramaphosa succeeding Zuma being at the centre of this debate.

This comes after News24 reported in September that the ANCWL has stepped up its efforts to ensure that women emerge as leaders within the ruling party.

In a statement at the time, following an NEC meeting, the league said: "The ANC Women's League remains convinced that no other political party in South Africa pays greater attention to the empowerment and emancipation of women than the African National Congress."

The ANCWL said there was a setback in the advancement of women's agenda with only one woman appointed as provincial premier out of a possible eight.

It welcomed the appointment of women as speakers and chairwomen of committees and to senior political positions.

The NEC said at the time it also welcomed the cabinet move of the women's ministry into the presidency.
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