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ANCWL demands equal representation after local govt elections

African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini says they will be demanding 50-50 representation after local government elections.

Addressing the league’s rally at the Union Buildings in Pretoria where the league held a prayer service, Dlamini says women are ready to take over leadership positions.

It was a colourful feast of music and prayer at the Union Buildings lawns on Saturday where the ANC Women’s League held their prayer service.

Thousands of supporters showed up, many clad in the league’s green and black regalia, while others dawned ANC colours.

Meanwhile, the numbers touted by the league caused quite a stir on social media. Deputy president Sisi Ntombela put the number of attendees at 50 000, a number that was disputed on social media.
But it was Dlamini who caused the biggest stir. Numbers have become an important element of any political gathering following a disappointing showing at the ANC local government manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth a few weeks ago.

Since then every political party has been under pressure to fill stadiums.

Dlamini says the women’s league will be campaigning for the ANC but they want their reward when the elections are finished.

“Municipalities 50- 50 metros, 50-50 districts, 50-50 we know what we want, we have the leadership in the women of South Africa, we are ready to lead,” says Dlamini.

Dlamini spoke about a host of issues and raised eyebrows when she said that they saw the Marikana massacre coming, the deaths of the miners she said was born out of a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the ANC.

She was scathing against Chapter 9 institutions saying that they should not meddle in politics and also criticised the Chief Justice for discussing the Constitutional Court judgement against the President in public.

Some priests who participated in the program also slated their colleagues who called for the resignation of Zuma following a Constitutional Court judgement which found that he failed to uphold and respect the Constitution.

Dlamini adds: “If there are Bishops that can pray for Zuma to fall I volunteer to pray for Zuma to stand. I volunteer to pray for the ANC to stand. Is there anyone who wants to join me to pray for the ANC to rule?”

Senior party leaders included the league’s NEC, ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbethe, North West and Free State premiers.

– By Angela Bolowana

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