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Bathabile Dlamini won't be drawn on MP nomination

The ANC concluded its national list conference at the weekend, where 200 names were chosen to represent the organisation in the National Assembly.

Minister of Women in the Presidency Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: GCIS

DURBAN - The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) president, Bathabile Dlamini, has refused to be drawn on whether she will accept a nomination from the party’s branches to head back to Parliament after the national elections.

The ANC concluded its national list conference at the weekend, where 200 names were chosen to represent the organisation in the National Assembly.

But the list is not final yet, with a vetting process expected to get underway between now and the end of January.

According to the ANC’s constitution, some of the criteria used to choose candidates includes disqualifying anyone who has been found to be ill-disciplined or corrupt.

It also stipulates that those with a history of being divisive within the movement must be excluded from representing the organisation in government.

The ANC, through its spokespeople, has already emphasised that nominees must be electable and have integrity as defined by its constitution and previous policy documents.

Dlamini, former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and former President Jacob Zuma are some of the names who have raised the ire of the public because of the various court judgments found against them.

The ANCWL president has been described as the albatross around President Cyril Ramaphosa’s neck after she survived his second Cabinet reshuffle late in 2018.

Eyewitness News asked Dlamini how she felt about those who believe she is corrupt and ill-disciplined.

She was speaking on the sidelines of a visit to the Addington Hospital, where the ANCWL was handing out gifts to babies born on the same day as the ANC.

Dlamini says it’s ultimately the decision of the branches to decide if she should return to Cabinet after the elections.

The ANC’s all-powerful national executive committee is responsible for ratifying the final list once the vetting process has been concluded.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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