Dlamini beats Motshekga in bruising ANC Women’s League battle

2015-08-08 12:27
Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Elizabeth Sejake/City Press

Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Elizabeth Sejake/City Press (Elizabeth Sejake)

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga relinquished her position as ANC Women’s League president after she was defeated by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. 

Dlamini beat Motshekga by a huge margin, winning by 1537 votes while Motshekga walked away bruised with just 1081 votes. 

As Dlamini’s supporters celebrated the victory, Motshekga’s supporters appeared shell-shocked when the results were announced just after 3am this morning. 

Dlamini had five provinces supporting her while Motshekga trailed behind with the remaining four in the highly contested elective congress which had been delayed for two years. 

Free State provincial secretary Sisi Ntombela was elected unopposed for the position of deputy president while Meogo Matuba from the North West was elected to the position of secretary general, beating incumbent Sisi Tolashe by 348 votes. 

Weziwe Tikane, who was also on Dlamini’s slate is now the deputy secretary general, and International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was elected treasurer. 

Nkoana-Mashabane defeated Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa by 1521 votes to 1078 votes. 

Since the start of the conference on Thursday, Dlamini’s supporters stood firm about removing Motshekga from the helm, accusing her of failing them during her seven-year tenure. 

Dlamini’s election to the position will put added pressure on her to revive the organisation and to push for a woman to lead the ANC at the upcoming 2017 elective conference where President Jacob Zuma is expected to step down.

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