Bathabile Dlamini takes ANC Women's League presidency

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New Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini as New South African ministers and deputy ministers are sworn in at the Presidential guesthouse in Pretoria, South Africa on 1 November 2010.

New Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini as New South African ministers and deputy ministers are sworn in at the Presidential guesthouse in Pretoria, South Africa on 1 November 2010.

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New Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini as New South African ministers and deputy ministers are sworn in at the Presidential guesthouse in Pretoria, South Africa on 1 November 2010.

New Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini as New South African ministers and deputy ministers are sworn in at the Presidential guesthouse in Pretoria, South Africa on 1 November 2010.

JOHANNESBURG -  Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, has been elected as the new president of the ANC Women&39;s League.

Dlamini takes over from Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.

Her second-in-command will be Sisi Ntombela who has taken the deputy presidency position. The Free State Women&39;s League chairperson ran unopposed.

The candidates who unsuccessfully contested the top 5 positions, will automatically become National Executive Committee members.

There are at least 3,000 delegates attending the league&39;s 12th elective congress in Irene, near Pretoria.

As the long-delayed Women&39;s League&39;s conference in Pretoria, drew to a close, the leadership battle between incumbent, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, finally drew  to a close with Dlamini proving victorious.

Earlier, Sisi Ntombela was elected unopposed to be the Women&39;s League Deputy President.

The Women&39;s League has in the past few years been perceived as ineffective in promoting women&39;s issues. It will hope that its new leadership changes the public&39;s perception and once again becomes the key driver of issues affecting women in South Africa.

Angie Motshekga delivered her last political report as president of the league.