Women's League defends decision
THE ANC Women's League tried hard to defend its decision that the country was not ready for a woman president, but did not change its position.
ANCWL spokeswoman Troy Martens said in a statement that it would not elect a woman president just for the sake of a nomination.
This was after Sowetan reported how the ANCWL in Mpumalanga had stated that the league support President Jacob Zuma's re-election.
"We will not nominate a woman for president just for the sake of the nomination. That would be extremely unstrategic.
"The women in the ANC need to come from a branch level upwards, then we will begin to see real change in the organisation," Martens said
"We say the time is not right currently, not because we don't have capable leaders ... however the WL currently needs to assist in healing and unifying the organisation," she said.
"We believe at this point, continuity will assist in achieving this goal."
Meanwhile, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said yesterday that it was disappointed with the stance taken by the Mpumalanga ANC Women's League.
The commission accused the league of capitulating to the power of patriarchy and has called on the league's national office to distance itself from provincial secretary Clara Ndlovu's statement.