We want a woman to lead ANC, it is enough: ANCWL

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Former Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom and former Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Petterson are among those expected to attend the ANC's NWC meeting on Monday.

BRITS – The time is ripe for a woman to lead the African National Congress, the deputy president of its women's league, Sesi Ntombela, told the league’s North West elective conference in Brits this weekend.

“It has been 105 years we have elected men [to lead]; we even sing songs about them. It is our time now,” she said.

“We need women, we want to build this organisation. One hundred and five years, oh please, we do not have a woman president.”

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was “one of them”, but this time they wanted a woman president, she said.

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“This is our time, we do not just want an ordinary woman. We want Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. She is not just a woman, she is educated … 105 years men, it is enough,” Ntombela said.

The ANC is to open its succession debate in September. The Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party have openly backed Ramaphosa, in line with the ANC tradition that the deputy president becomes the president.

Similarly, the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) has on several occasions expressed its support for Dlamini-Zuma, the former African Union Commission chairwoman, to take over the position from her ex-husband, President Jacob Zuma, at the ANC elective conference in December.

The new North West ANCWL leadership was elected unopposed at the conference. Fetsang Mokati retained her position as provincial chairwoman. Her deputy is Mimo Nobatana, while Bridgette Mogakwe remains provincial secretary. Her deputy is Bitsa Lenkopane and Manketse Tlhape was elected provincial treasurer