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ANCWL reiterates call for a woman president

The ANCWL says it believes a woman is best suited to unite the country and the governing party.

ANC Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) says it will not back down on its calls for a female president, and remains concerned about a skewed gender representation during the elections.

The league has held a briefing in Pretoria this afternoon where it gave a statement on the election results, the recent crime statistics and the killing of women during the campaign trail.



The ANCWL says it believes a woman is best suited to unite the country and the governing party.

Its president Bathabile Dlamini says, "A woman is going to unite firstly, the country, the ANC and be very decisive and take action where we are supposed to take action. We think there are many women in the ANC who are equal to that task."



The league has also expressed concern over members who are exchanging words in public instead of using ANC structures to channel their grievances.

IS THE ANCWL DOING ENOUGH TO BACKUP ITS CALL?

The ANCWL has been accused of not doing enough to address issues of patriarchy and misogyny that infringe on women's rights.

Last month, the One in Nine Campaign said the treatment of four young women, who held a silent protest during the announcement of the municipal election results at the weekend, is an indication of how South Africans are not willing to address women's issues.

At the time the league accused the protesters of being part of a political ploy and disrespecting the president.

ANCWL President Bathabile Dlamini said the women had been used by the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Additional reporting by Dineo Bendile.