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ANCWL president dodges questions on whether league voted for Mabuza

Bathabile Dlamini and the rest of the Women’s League threw their weight behind Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, but she was beaten by Cyril Ramaphosa.

ANCWL President Bathabile Dlamini at the ANC’s 54th national conference at Nasrec in Johannesburg on 19 December 2017. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini has dodged questions about whether they voted for David Mabuza for the position of the party's deputy president over Lindiwe Sisulu.

Dlamini has accused the African National Congress (ANC) of regressing on the issue of female empowerment and gender parity.

This after ANC delegates at the party’s national conference voted in just one woman into the party’s top six leadership.

Dlamini and the rest of the Women’s League threw their weight behind Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, but she was beaten by Cyril Ramaphosa.

“This is an attack on the gains of women’s struggles.”

Dlamini says the culture of patriarchy is to blame for the fact that only Jessie Duarte was elected to the ANC’s top six.

But she doesn’t seem to be shouldering any blame.

“So, yes we consulted and we did not push any candidate through the throats of anyone.”

When asked by a journalist about the league’s support for Mabuza for deputy president, Dlamini dismissed it as an “unfair question.”

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