Durban – Women who support the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) should show solidarity by wearing doeks from Friday to Sunday, the organisation's leadership said on Sunday.
"I have been wearing the doek for a long time, so I am happy that I will now have more company wearing this. It is important to demonstrate and outwardly wear our doeks, because we are now doing it for the ANC,” African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told hundreds of ANCWL loyalists, while launching the "doek campaign".
The ANCWL in KwaZulu-Natal was commemorating the 40-year anniversary of the Soweto uprising and the 60-year anniversary of the Women’s March by launching its Young Women’s Desk and Doek Weekend campaign at the Durban City Hall.
Dlamini-Zuma said it was their responsibility to wear doeks on weekends in support of the ruling party and the women’s league.
She added that she was pleased that many other women "would be wearing the doek".
KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said women should not feel threatened about rising to leadership positions. She encouraged women to support each other.
"If someone has a position they are taking, we must support them and not isolate them. We must stop bringing each other down. I want to see a women president. And we must support 70% of women in all sectors of government."
She also encouraged women to don their doeks for the ANC.
'This is our crown'
Last month, an eNCA reporter hit out at her employer after alleging that her video clip was pulled because she was wearing an African-inspired head dress.
Nontobeko Sibisi said, in a e-mail to her colleagues that was circulated on Twitter, that a story about an African cross-border music collaboration was taken off air without her knowledge – because "for nine seconds of an about three-minute piece, I appear wearing a doek".
In response, eNCA Editor-in-Chief Anton Harber told News24 that there were no issues with Sibisi wearing a doek and that the segment had been aired for some time – before later being taken off the air.
He added that there was a policy "on how reporters and anchors should look on air and that encompasses all manner of headgear, from Alicebands to scarfs" – but that a discussion had been initiated about these guidelines.
On Sunday, Fikile Masiko, convenor for the Young Women’s Desk, emphasised her pride in wearing the doek: "We want e.tv to know this is not something that is an oppression or unprofessional for us.
"This is our crown."