ANCWL wants more women in positions of power

2014-08-05 20:51

The national executive committee of the ANC Women’s League will redouble its efforts to ensure that women emerge as leaders within the ruling party.

“Such a bold and decisive step is intended to ensure that open and hidden forms of exclusion of women from positions of authority and power are eliminated,” said the ANCWL today on the outcome of yesterday’s NEC meeting.

“Despite these challenges, 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 league said there was a setback in the advancement of women’s agenda with only one woman appointed as premier out of a possible eight.

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

The NEC welcomed the cabinet move of the women’s ministry into the presidency.

The committee said it would be more vocal on women and child abuse and was studying a judgment whereby the life sentence of a convicted rapist was reduced because the 11-year-old seemed willing.

“Such a ruling defies basic principles of our law such as that a minor cannot give consent and that statutory rape can never be considered consensual.”

The ANCWL said it would study the judgment and campaign for the state to apply for a review of the case.

Last week, the High Court in Pretoria reportedly reduced the life sentence of a man who repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl he regarded as “a daughter”.

Molefe Joseph Mphanama’s life sentence was replaced with an effective sentence of 20 years imprisonment for his conviction on four rape charges.

Two judges said the girl had visited Mphanama out of her own free will after the first rape and her unwillingness to have sex was only shown when she closed her thighs, according to a weekend report.

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