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Bathabile Dlamini: Dlamini-Zuma ANCWL's candidate to lead ANC

African National Congress Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini says other women in the party who wish to become president will not be supported by the ANCWL.

ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini (left) and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (right) attend the league’s umembeso and prayer against women and children rape and killings in Ekurhuleni. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini says other women in the party who wish to become president will not be supported by the ANCWL.

The league has thrown its support behind Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Dlamini says she knows that presidential hopeful Baleka Mbete is a card-carrying member of the women’s league but the former African Union chairperson is their preferred candidate.

She was speaking on the sidelines of the leagues gathering in Germiston on Sunday.

Dlamini says the ANCWL has made a final decision on its candidate to lead the party.

“... to all women of South Africa, is that comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the president of the ANC come [the] December [elective] conference.”

She says this is the choice of the organisation.

“And in the women’s league we agreed about Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and therefore, the blouse supports Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.”

She said there should be no confusion about who the league supports to be the party’s next president in a race that now has at least three potential female contenders.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mbete and Lindiwe Sisulu have been endorsed by different structures within the ruling party.

But Dlamini-Zuma is the only presidential hopeful to receive the full backing of the women’s league ahead of the December elective conference.

The women’s league says that it will be a woman who will unite the party and the country.

The ANCWL says women of the organisation must not sell out the party during the 2019 national elections.