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ANCWL: YCL has no respect for women

Yesterday, the YCL said it had no faith in the ANCWL and the MKMVA.

FIE: The Young Communist League briefing media on outcomes of its 6th Plenary Session. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) has accused the Young Communist League (YCL) of having no respect for women after it said it has no confidence in the league.

Yesterday, the YCL - which is the youth wing of the South African Communist Party - said it had no faith in the ANCWL and the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association.

It also said the league would not support any candidates put forward by the ANC's leagues and the military veterans to replace President Jacob Zuma.

President Zuma's term as ANC leader ends in December next year, and since the party's dismal performance in this year's polls, there's been talks of an early elective and consultative conference as well as numerous calls for the President to step down.

But calls for the President to vacate his position have not been coming from the Anc Youth League, Women's League or the MKMVA, who have all pledged their unwavering support for Zuma.

The YCL on the other hand, says this year's municipal results proved that the ANC has lost its way; adding that the MKMVA, the Youth League and the Women's League are part of those who are liquidating the ANC.

Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini says the YCL is disrespectful.

"Their behaviour actually shows that they don't respect women."

Dlamini also says any good standing member of the ruling ANC has the right to elect whoever they want to see lead the party.