ANC Women's League leader Bathabile Dlamini and presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma wait for the election results during the 54th National Conference of the ruling party on 18 December 2017.
JOHANNESBURG - A senior ANC Youth League (ANCYL) member says the Women’s League will perish if it fails to introduce younger leaders.
Bavelile Hlongwa criticised the ANC Women’s League, saying it is blocking the younger generation.
She was speaking at a Women’s League event in East London in the Eastern Cape.
The ANCYL NEC member said the Women’s League must be made up of different generations and if the league fails to integrate younger members at the helm, it will struggle to relate to the youth.
Hlongwa says some leaders are too frail to attend meetings and should make way for younger people.
“We are tired, some of you are supposed to be resting at home, your knees no longer agree, but you don’t want to give us space," she added.
"Give these young women space to lead because the Women’s League has a struggle that is very behind. If you don’t give them an opportunity in this battle, this spear will fall and we will fail to confront patriarchy in the ANC because you would have not given us an opportunity to learn from you.”
The league has been criticised for appearing removed from major issues confronting women.
Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini has herself touched on the issue of younger members.
“The Women’s League took a decision to revitalise itself and one of the things to revitalise an organisation is to bring in young people. An organisation without young people is an organisation that is preparing for its death," Dlamini said.
Dlamini and her team have been pushing a so-called ‘young women’s desk’ in a bid to sign up new members.
However, the impact of this unit in bridging the generational gap is yet to be established.