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‘We must think about how we are going to protect women’

The ANCWL is concerned by the intimidation of women wanting to occupying top positions in the political ranks.

Khanyisile Ngobese- Sibisi was shot on the same day while on her way to a Mandela Day event in Ladysmith. Picture: ANC Women's League via Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) says it is deeply concerned by the use of intimidation to deter women from occupying top positions in the political ranks.

ANCWL has held a briefing in Pretoria this afternoon where it has given feedback on the elections and the crime statistics.

The league says it remains committed to its call for a female president.

Secretary General Meokgo Matuba says they will continue their fight for 50/50 representation in the organisation's structures.

"We are going to have a programme that goes back to branches and communities to thank our voters; humble ourselves and respond to issues raised by the electorate."

The league's President Bathabile Dlamini says, "Jut last night the house of one of our councilors was attacked and burnt. This says that every day, we must think about how we are going protect women.

The ANCWL has declined to give its views on the national ANC's call to reprimand mineral resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, saying it does not know the context of why he released the statement on Friday.

ANC MOTHER BODY URGES PRESIDENT TO 'REPRIMAND' ZWANE

Yesterday, the ANC called on the president to "discipline" and "reprimand" Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane for his statement regarding an inquiry into the major banks.

On Friday, Zwane released a statement saying cabinet had agreed on a recommendation to the president that a judicial inquiry be established into why some of the country's banks closed the Gupta family's accounts.

Thereafter the Presidency issued a contradictory message, saying Minister Zwane's assertions do not reflect the position or views of cabinet or government.

The national ANC says while it welcomes the presidency's statement distancing itself from Mineral Resources Minister's utterances, it believes President Jacob Zuma needs to do more.

LISTEN: Mineral Resources Minister spokesperson on the judicial inquiry

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