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ANC's 'zebra' principle for gender

The ANC's gender commission wants a 50/50 split for gender in the private sector.

Banner welcoming delegates to the ANC National Policy Conference 2012 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress' (ANC) gender commission says polygamy oppresses women and they do want a 50/50 gender split in the private sector.

ANC commissions are now reporting back as the sessions continue at the party's policy conference.

The commission's Hlengiwe Mkhize said delegates wanted to make sure that women have 50 percent of the power in the ANC.

"They made reference to practices within our own organisation were women, as a trend, tend to be deputies."

She says they want this principle extended to the private sector.

Mkhize says they are working on "zebra principle", where you "see a black stripe and a white stripe", referring to men and women.

"We are on track and doing very well."

The commission said while it rejects polygamy, it is prepared to live with people in the ANC who practice it.

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