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Dlamini to close ANCWL conference with 1st speech as president

The Social Development Minister beat long-time president Angie Motshekga with 456 votes.

FILE. Some delegates show the substitution sign indicating they want ANC Women’s League president Angie Motshekga replaced. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) President, Bathabile Dlamini, has emerged victorious, beating Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga with 456 votes.

Angie Motshekga had been in power for eight years.

It was expected to be a close race between the two candidates, with ANC leaders warning delegates of sowing divisions in the league with succession debates ahead of the voting process.

The counting of the votes went on into the early hours of the morning and the new leadership was announced just after 3am.

Dlamini was a favourite among delegates, with some branches showing the soccer substitution sign at outgoing president, Motshekga, whenever she went on stage.

Sisi Ntombela has been elected as deputy president, Meokgo Matuba as secretary general and International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has been elected as treasurer general.

Delegates will meet again this morning to adopt the draft resolutions on policies and programmes of the league.

Dlamini will deliver her first speech as president of the women's league before closing the conference.

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