‘Non-Stop’ day for Women’s League ahead of elections

2009-02-19 00:00

ANC Women’s League president Angie Motshega, on a two-day visit to KZN, had a punishing campaign schedule yesterday. She traversed between Durban to Pietermartizburg meeting various women’s groups, visiting schools and conducting door-to-door visits.

This was part of the League’s “60 Days of Electioneering Non-Stop” campaign launched recently to assist the ANC in winning the April 2009 election with more than 60% of the vote.

Motshega confirmed that the League is committed to 50/50 gender representation at all levels of government and that they want to see this commitment in other sectors as well. She said the current 30% gender representation was not handed to women on a silver platter.

She said they fought hard and their chief opponent was former ANC member and present head of the Congress of People (Cope) Mosuioa Lekota. He argued against them on this issue at a conference held here in KZN a couple of years ago. The League lost that round, but continued to make representations to the ANC until it won the 30% gender representation.

Asked from the floor about the deployment of party people in government jobs, Motshega said she believes public servants should really be public servants — the workhorses who can sit from 8 am to 5 pm and ensure the work is done.

“I am unpopular for this viewpoint but if we don’t address this we will continue having problems in the civil service. Let’s employ a person who understands where we are going, has the appropriate skills and correct attitude to their work,” she said.

Motshega, who is also Gauteng’s MEC for Education, started her day in Pietermaritzburg early in the morning with a visit to Slangspruit Primary School. There she handed out school uniforms for the children. Next it was a whirl of visits around Imbali and Edendale calling on women’s groups, churches and conducting door-to-door visits. She left for Durban and returned to Maritzburg late in the afternoon to address a gathering of professional and businesswomen. However, on her way there she detoured to a church service in Imbali to which she had been invited before arriving at the city hall meeting .

Deputy Nozipho Ntwanambi, who accompanied the League president, said they hoped to reach most women across the religious, racial, class and cultural divide by the end of their

60-day campaign.

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