Women included in ANC list are experienced: Sophie Mokena

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Foreign Editor and Acting Political Editor Sophie Mokoena says the African National Congress has learnt from its mistakes through ensuring that there is women representation in the mayoral candidate list.

The ANC unveiled its eagerly awaited candidate list on Saturday night. Mokoena says since 2014, there has been a call for women in the party’s leadership positions.

“I think after the ANC was found wanting in 2014 in terms of the premiers, this time around the Women’s League and the ANC itself made a point that they do not repeat the same mistake because when you check in 2014, the ANC was found wanting in terms of women premiers, we only have one premier from the ruling party and of course you have the Premier Helen Zille which is DA, therefore there was an effort to ensure that there are women.”

She says the women included in the list come with vast experience.

“In Mangaung, the candidate there, Olly Mlamleli, was once a civil servant during the late Winkie  Direko premiership, then she became a politician during Magashule’s premiership. She is currently the MEC OF Local Government and Housing, so she has got an experience of being a civil servant and a politician, secondly she is  the chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in that province, that was clear that she could a better candidate for the ANC in that  province. You also have Durban, EThekwini, you also have a woman there, it is an indication that ANC in that province takes issues of women seriously.”

There have been reports that former Minister Thoko Didiza could also be in the line for candidacy in the City of Tshwane.

“ There are reports,  I also expect Tshwane, I do not know, I may be wrong; to surprise us, we may have a woman   and the name that is making the rounds is of Thoko Didiza , you would recall that she is a former Minister, currently she is in Parliament, a very seasoned politician she has been there.”



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