The Republic of South Africa is not yet ready for a female president, reports the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL).
On Monday, the women’s league, which claimed to be the only organisation within the nation and possibly the continent that acknowledges the leadership capabilities of women, stated it is devoted to honouring the processes and leadership traditions of ANC which have a “long life”.
“We know the ANC,” stated the league’s president, Angie Motshekga, “We understand the ANC, we understand the processes, and no one wants to go into a futile battle. There are traditions, there are processes and those processes have a long, long life.”
This stance was first announced in October 2012 when Clara Ndlovu, the league’s Mpumalanga provincial secretary, claimed the country was “not prepared” to be governed by a woman president as “we do not have capable leaders”
Many political organisations were upset by Ndlovu’s statement last year. The ANCWL raised concerns that the statement was being misrepresented by the media and issued another statement ammending Ndlovu’s assertions shortly afterwards.
“We say the time is not right, not because we don’t have capable leaders. However, the ANCWL currently needs to assist in healing and unifying the organisation and we believe this continuity will assist in achieving this goal rather than bringing another candidate to the fore and creating further rifts in our organisation.”
Monday saw Motshekga report what seemed to be a slight contradiction of the women’s league’s pronounced position, Motshekga said the league would enter a “losing battle” if it were to propose a female president at this time.
“You don’t just wake up and make a pronouncement to say I am going to be a deputy president, “said Motshekga, “It’s a process”. One that, according her, should be conducted “respectfully and not in an opportunistic way.”
Sisisi Tolashe, the ANCWL secretary-general concurs with Motshekga. She also assures that neither the league nor women are being diminished by the ANC which ensures a 50 percent representation across its cabinet.
“The ANC is a liberation movement and we have our own process. I think we are almost there,” she said.