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Mokonyane: Women suffer in political wars

2012-08-03 22:13

Johannesburg - South African women and children are the ones who suffer the most when political parties engage in "civil wars", Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday.

"All these men who are leaders of the African countries must understand that when they create civil wars, it is us women and children who suffer the most, [even] when they fight... in the ANC, in Cosatu and in the [SA Communist] Party," she said.

Mokonyane was speaking at the Gauteng Congress of SA Trade Unions' 11th provincial congress in Johannesburg.

She said more women needed to get involved in the debates within the ANC, especially at its elective conference in Mangaung at the end of the year.

"We constitute the majority of the ANC and the majority of the trade unions... It is time that we tell them that when there is conflict, most of those who are casualties are women," she said.

She said Gauteng was the hub of business in the country and Cosatu often advised her office on the best ways to govern the province.

"We must acknowledge the constructive role that Cosatu is playing in the future of Gauteng," Mokonyane said.

"Within our planning commission, we have been able to establish an advisory council that will advise the premier. Among those... one is the chairperson of Cosatu here in the province, Comrade Phutas Tseki."

If things were not "economically sound" in the country, Gauteng would be the first to sneeze before the rest of South Africa caught a cold, the premier quipped.

Gauteng ANC provincial executive committee member Uhuru Moiloa told the congress that the conference in Mangaung should not focus only on issues of leadership.

"What must emerge from Mangaung should not be about leadership. The truth is that the ANC is never short on leadership," he said.

"We can never say [we support] this or that leader. We must always give space and should never promote any individual against another."

Division

Earlier, the congress was divided between members holding up two fingers, indicating their support for a second term for Zuma, and others who rolled their hands in a motion associated with calling for a substitution of a soccer player.

The second group was calling for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to be elected as ANC president at the end of the year.

Cosatu chairperson Phutas Tseki eventually called the congress to order.

"There are people who have symbols like this and that," he said mimicking the member's gestures.

Phutas said the trade federation needed to avoid making the congress "like Mangaung".

"We do not have names [for the ANC's elective conference]. Comrade Motlanthe is our deputy president. Comrade Zuma is the president of South Africa and the ANC," he said as several members "booed" in disapproval.

The congress accepted nominations for Gauteng leadership positions on Thursday, but the top positions were all unchallenged.

Tseki retained his position as chairman. Macy Sekaledi was the only person nominated for deputy chair.

Dakile retained his position as secretary, and Pulane Mokgotsi was the only nominee for treasurer.

Comments
  • Bless Boswell - 2012-08-03 22:21

    The ANC is guilty of most of the hardship suffered by women and children. If vital funds were not siphoned off by corrupt government officials they could be used to uplift women and children throughout the country. How can Mokonyane even say this when she represents the government that is responsible for this?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-03 22:46

      Post WWII when women took on [up until then] traditional male roles, once the war was over, women were relegated so that the returning men could prevail. It is no different in ZA. Despite the mammoth efforts of women to keep families, food and The Struggle going - they're no longer useful and relegated to the back-benches. "Strike a Woman, Strike a Rock" has been totally smothered in "Marry a politician/DJ/tendtrepreneur get a rock" Today there are many more Grannies supporting their children's children than ever before. It's not just political wars, it's a totally feudal and chauvinistic system enforced under the guise of a 'return' to tradition (now that the war is over). For now,in the unlimited riches of democracy, many believe tribal ways are now again expedient. In 2012. After 100 years of evidence to the contrary. In THIS CONTEXT, men care little for the suffering of women and/or children, as long as their fiefdoms do not die out. Lineage is more important than people.

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-04 03:23

      Nomvula (Rain), Don't you have anything better to do than this "saafaaring" speech? "Woman needs to involved in debates?"....what is your personal involvment then? What have we seen from you so far?

  • ambauli - 2012-08-03 23:42

    It's sayings like this that hold us back. Saying 'so and so is suffering more than the others'. Only when we realise that we are ALL suffering will we ALL work to improve our lot.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-08-03 23:51

    In 100 years the ANC has never elected a woman president.

      mihaip007 - 2012-08-04 02:52

      I wouldn't see a difference - with fuglies like motshega and nomvula and that beetroot loving woman! Ultimately, anc has always associated with the SCUM of what could potentially would have been great! Look at the likes of that DA lady that Juliarse called her the madame's tea girl! Now if ONLY we could have a president of the SA as that lady..! Fresh, young, energetic and INTELIGENT!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-04 03:08

    Ramblings of an idiot !! sh*t for brains !! Case closed !!

  • Cavefacio - 2012-08-04 11:14

    So Ms. Mokonyane, can you read? Then do so and read the history that the 'biased and uneducated racist white people' had written, if I have to believe some N24 posts. I seem to recall reading a history book (I actually went to a functional school), passbook burnings, marches etc. You want to talk and debate? You think the Gov is going to change because of yadda-yadda? Where is the activism for change? (Not some stooopid law compelling businesses to have 50% of woman employed.) Its your choice, just stop pandering to whoever for whatever reason. If you are serious, you would do something. You could vote DA if all fails hmmm?

  • eriki.masha - 2012-08-04 11:34

    The road to mangaung is short and thorny. Those who do have the platform, must hold on for it might be short lived.

  • zola.mazwayi - 2012-08-04 19:10

    It was shot down when Thabo Mbeki suggested that we are ready for woman president,infact,it was women led by ANCWL that saw Zuma as a suitable character to lead,as a majority as they are,they never have confidence in one of them,they underestimate their capabilities themselves,so,for Nomvula to cry foul at this juncture,its rather counterintuitive!

  • zola.mazwayi - 2012-08-04 19:10

    It was shot down when Thabo Mbeki suggested that we are ready for woman president,infact,it was women led by ANCWL that saw Zuma as a suitable character to lead,as a majority as they are,they never have confidence in one of them,they underestimate their capabilities themselves,so,for Nomvula to cry foul at this juncture,its rather counterintuitive!

  • eloise.botha - 2012-08-04 20:39

    Madonsela for President please!

  • reighven.mutlanyana - 2012-12-18 22:41

    Yes Ms Mokonyane you're on the spot But who cares, cos in most instances the very same called ANC leaders they destroyed/steal/kill our lively hoods and nothing has been said or done even if you try to opened cases for them, the very same gorvenment does not call them in to books...

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