Call for ANC gender summit

2012-06-29 13:05

Johannesburg - An ANC commission has discussed the possibility of a gender summit to "unpack" women's rights, an official said on Friday.

"We had planned with women from the alliance... to unpack this [gender] issue, but... in the commission they said no," African National Congress Women's League treasurer general Hlengiwe Mkhize told reporters at the ANC's policy conference in Midrand.

"What we need... is a gender summit, which will look at power relations in all respects, so that it is not only women who are talking about these issues..."

She said the ANC's proposed second phase of the country's transition had helped "to jack up our ideological position."

"In terms of this second phase, what really are we going to hope [for] and come up with on the way to Mangaung? Is there is something that we can put out there to women?" she asked.

A document on the "second transition", later dubbed the "second phase of the transition", is one of the ANC's 13 policy documents under discussion at the four-day conference.

It has become synonymous with Zuma's reported bid for a second term as president.

The ANC's head of policy Jeff Radebe said on Thursday that the commissions had accepted the "content and the thrust" of the second transition document, despite media reports earlier that it had been rejected by several provinces.

  • Charles-Bronson - 2012-06-29 13:15

    This is a call to the most corrupted useless president of the country to wed more woman. King of thief's!!!

      Du Mabaso - 2012-06-29 14:24

      How dare u call HIM a thief? do u have proof? Its amazing how u people rely on newspapers as your source of informaton

      Du Mabaso - 2012-06-29 14:27

      These are the same people u call ill un informed journos. It will be good someday to base your comments on concrete evidence.

      shuping.mpuru - 2012-06-29 17:32

      wow...what are you saying, exactly?

  • Daniel - 2012-06-29 13:21

    ANC 2.0 ... I wonder what the blue screen of death looks like :P

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-06-29 13:22

    More free biscuits and coffee.... It would be worth the free chow if concrete solutions or solid action plans were drawn up but is seems they just have discussions to discuss having another discussion or come up with some mumbo jumbo catch phrase. Would love to hear about clear goals with implementation plans and some real solutions for a change. What does second phase of first transition actually mean?

      Rodney - 2012-06-29 14:07

      NEW PLAINS for the family

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-06-29 17:39

      Second is Economic , The First was Political.

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-06-29 13:29

    Keep struggling Madame Comrades!!

      kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-06-29 13:36

      Women take the rap; men talk the crap.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-29 13:42

    You want power relations to change yet you endorsed the election of a man who sees women as pieces of meat as president! You will keep “struggling” “until the second coming.” Clearly, ANCWL = African National CONFUSED Women's League.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-06-29 13:43

    Another summit which achieves nothing and just costs the taxpayer more. An excuse for free lunch, free booze, free the taxpayers expense!!!!

  • Khaya - 2012-06-29 13:47

    Contrary to popular belief, President Zuma has demonstrated his confidence on the ability of women to deliver the most needed services by appointing women in critical positions and not only to balance representivity.

      Gerald - 2012-06-29 13:52

      you mean like the department of Education?

      Rodney - 2012-06-29 14:04

      And like defense there figures are still not in for the last three years which is in shambles and now Sesulu is promoted and is already saying the government employees cant get an increase in pay as there is not enough funds. BUT there is ENOUGH money for Party's and NEW airplanes .But no money for BOOKS ;HOSPITALS ;HOUSING

      Hermann - 2012-06-29 14:24

      You really made my day - hope I can stop laughing before sundown. By the way the DA seems to have more success in this issue.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-06-29 17:42

      For every failed Woman there are a Hundred Woman completing a great job......So don't as is done with Cultures include all woman in Individual's failings.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-06-29 14:21

    Actions, to ensure women are protected under the law and abuse is heavily penalised, are required - not another talk shop to fudge the issues

  • Hermann - 2012-06-29 14:22

    Anything to avoid governance with pride.

  • Austin Fox - 2012-06-29 14:35

    More debate,conflit & divisions is on it's way....politics ha haaaa.

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-29 14:51

    no holy cows

      Billy - 2012-06-29 15:01


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