Volunteer corps honours Maxeke

2016-06-29 06:00
THE deputy secretary of the ANC Women’s League in the province, Gail Parker, during the launch.  Photo: Supplied

THE deputy secretary of the ANC Women’s League in the province, Gail Parker, during the launch. Photo: Supplied

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THE year moves closer to Women’s Month and the ANC Women’s League’s 60th anniversary celebration of the 20 000-strong march of women to the Union Buildings in 1956.

With this in mind, the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) has launched its volunteer corps, named after the first president of the league, Charlotte Maxeke.

The launch was attended by national and provincial leadership members, as well as the ANC’s provincial secretary in the Northern Cape, Comrade Zamani Saul.

The volunteer corps is an effort of the ANCWL to intensify its local government campaign work.

Held in Upington on Saturday (25/06), women started the day by handing out pamphlets at the Upington taxi rank for voting day on 3 August.

After that, they headed to the main event at Pabalelo’s at the Tol Speelman Civic Hall.

Charlotte Maxeke was and remains an inspiration to women from all walks of life of political consciousness.

She is often hailed as the “Mother of black freedom in South Africa.”

In the address of the provincial secretary of the ANCWL, Nontobeko Dapula, she urged the women to stop waiting on the party to invite them to become activists for the emancipation of women in their communities.

She suggested that they rather took charge and return the governing power to the people, as local government was truly in their hands.

Her deputy, Gail Parker, called on the volunteers to be like Maxeke in being social workers, religious figures and political ambassadors in their communities to advance the people’s power in every community.

Saul, as the provincial secretary, expressed his support of the leadership qualities of women.

He took special note of the strength of women in numbers in the fight for the economic and social emancipation of women through the work of women.

Saul commended the Women’s League in the province for fighting for the 50/50 representation of women in the candidate list process, promising that their representation would not be limited to nominations.

He said women would be included to represent municipalities in the upcoming elections.

The reflections of the day spoke to the growth of communities under the stewardship of women, mothers and sisters of our nation.

The launch of the Charlotte Maxeke Volunteer Corps for the local government elections is the first of many regional programmes in the Women’s League, leading up to election day on 3 August.

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