Mantashe tells ANCWL not to divide themselves

2015-08-06 14:27
Gwede Mantashe speaks at the ANCWL elective conference. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Gwede Mantashe speaks at the ANCWL elective conference. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Pretoria - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Thursday cautioned delegates at the ANC Women's League conference (ANCWL) "not to divide" themselves.

The league will elect new leaders after a two-year delay.

"You are at the conference of the ANCWL - you have the right to lobby each other and to elect any leaders," he told the 3 000 delegates at the conference.

"The only thing you don't have is the licence to divide yourselves."

Some delegates were singing songs in support of their preferred candidates for leader of the ANCWL. Some used the soccer sign - rolling gesture of the hands - for change while others held up two fingers calling for a second term for current president Angie Motshekga.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is understood to be standing against Motshekga for the position of president.

"These songs that are dividing you, please don't sing them. Stop those signs," Mantashe said.

He said delegates were at the conference to vote and it did not have to make their preference on who should lead, public.

Mantashe was meant to deliver a message of support from the ANC to the women's league, but said he would not because President Jacob Zuma would be giving the keynote address later in the day.

Zuma is answering questions in Parliament at 14:00 on Thursday.

After that he would "jump on a plane" and come back to Pretoria to address the ANCWL, Mantashe said.

"Those opposed to us have vowed to disrupt the president [today]...

"If you appreciate how heavy the offensive on the movement is you will appreciate that dividing ourselves is a luxury we can't afford."

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