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Dlamini: Manana case about fighting patriarchy, violence against women

African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini says leaders in the ANC need to come clean on issues of women abuse.

ANC Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini addressing the crowd at the league’s gathering in Germiston. Picture: Twitter/@ANCWomensLeague

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini says leaders in the ANC need to come clean on issues of women abuse.

Dlamini referred to the assault case against deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana.

The Sunday Times quoted Dlamini as saying there were some in the ANC who were much worse than Manana but later declined to say who they are.

Dlamini stopped short of saying who in the ANC is responsible for the abuse of women.

Instead, she referred to the case of Reeva Steenkamp who was killed by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius in 2013, saying there was enough evidence but no justice.

She says the change should start with the judiciary.

“And we should not allow situations where this happens and nobody accounts. Someone has to account for the lives of women that are lost on daily basis.”

Dlamini says the case of Manana and women abuse is not about targeting individuals.

She says it’s about fighting patriarchy and violence against women.

“Once you start doing that, men are going to close ranks. And therefore, ours is to fight patriarchy and violence against women.”

She says it’s time for leaders in the ANC to come clean on these issues.

“The time has come for them to know that if they want to be our leaders, they should be clean when it comes to the issues of women.”

Dlamini also says that political organisations shouldn’t use the subject of violence against women to gain popularity.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)