ANCWL wants more female leaders

Johannesburg - The national executive committee of the ANC Women's League will re-double its efforts to ensure that women emerge as leaders within the ruling party, ANCWL said on Tuesday.

"Such a bold and decisive step is intended to ensure that open and hidden forms of exclusion of women from positions of authority and power are eliminated," it said in a statement on the outcome of its NEC meeting.

"Despite these challenges, the ANC Women’s League remains convinced that no other political party in South Africa pays greater attention to the empowerment and emancipation of women than the African National Congress."

The NEC met on Monday.

The ANCWL said there was a setback in the advancement of women's agenda with only one woman appointed as premier out of a possible eight.

It welcomed the appointment of women as speakers and chairwomen of committees and to senior political positions.

The NEC welcomed the cabinet move of the women's ministry into the presidency.

The ANCWL said it would be more vocal on women and child abuse and was studying a judgment whereby the life sentence of a convicted rapist was reduced because the 11-year-old seemed willing.

"Such a ruling defies basic principles of our law such as that a minor cannot give consent and that statutory rape can never be considered consensual," ANCWL said.

It would study the judgment and campaign for the state to apply for a review of the case.

Last week, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria reportedly reduced the life sentence of a man who repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl he regarded as "a daughter".

Molefe Joseph Mphanama's life sentence was replaced with an effective sentence of 20 years imprisonment for his conviction on four rape charges.

Two judges said the girl had visited Mphanama out of her own free will after the first rape and her unwillingness to have sex was only shown when she closed her thighs, according to a weekend report.


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Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/05 09:10:56 PM
Of course they do. At the moment the women are doing as bad a job as the men in the government. They are equally unqualified for the positions that they have. But hey a big yes to Girl Power, but not in the ANCWL.
Lilian Looney 2014/08/05 09:25:44 PM
These stupid women's groups really irritate the hell out of me. I am sick to death of these stupid women's libbers. As a woman, I would be insulted being put in a position just because I was a woman. There are enough token women in parliament that do a disservice to women in general. Put people in positions on merit and forget sex, race, religion etc.....Quotas are an insult.
Freddy Green 2014/08/05 09:30:26 PM
Viva Dlamini-Zuma viva come 2019 my president.
Freddy Green 2014/08/05 09:30:30 PM
Viva Dlamini-Zuma viva come 2019 my president.
Akhenaten 2014/08/05 09:31:15 PM
Not women or men, black or white or coloured or Indian people, but those who qualify for the job should be appointed. You want to 'take this country forward' the people must be able to do the work, otherwise we go backwards. You are not appointed in positions to have the 'power' or receive a salary which we do not earn. We should be suited for the position, like they do all over the world. You know what, it works.
Anthony Richardson 2014/08/05 09:32:14 PM
At this stage in the game, SA is in desperate need of leaders. Whether they have balls or not is immaterial!
Motleleng Kgosi Rakgantsho 2014/08/05 11:47:55 PM
Sorry no offense, this women are useless, they can't even protect women who are raped/abused by their cANCer male colleagues...
Dan Danukdhari 2014/08/06 12:43:14 AM
We dont care what happens in that party of criminals rather face the devil you know that the one you dont
Sylvia Masemola 2014/08/06 04:10:54 AM
The very same ANCWL that said SA is not ready for a female president now they want women in leadership positions
Nzwandile Gadlela Zwaizo 2014/08/06 10:38:28 AM
This are most stupi lost women I ever seen in my life during zuma rape trial they were wearing t shirts that written innocent until proven guilty but in oscar pistorius case they support reevas family why they can't say the same thing to oscar "innocent until proven guilty"