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Call to make ANC body non-sexist

By unknown | Jun 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ido Lekota

Ido Lekota

Delegates at the ANC national policy conference have called for a 50percent quota of women on the party's national executive committee.

This is one of the proposals made by the delegates to ensure that the party rids itself of sexist and patriarchal tendencies.

Yesterday ANC national working committee member Joel Netshitenzhe confirmed that delegates have called for the party's NEC membership to be 50percent male and 50percent female.

This despite a concern raised by the ANC Youth League that quotas could lead to tokenism.

"It is the conference's belief that quotas are the only effective means to redress the inequalities that exist," he said.

Netshitenzhe said that it was surprising that concern was being raised about quotas in the case of the ANC national executive committee while there had been no objections when the mechanism was used, for example, in sport.

The call for a 50-50, male-female ANC national executive committee comes in the wake of recent calls by Cosatu and the SACP that the NEC must be more representative of the working class.

Cosatu's concern has been that the ANC national executive committee is made up of members of the upper middle class and individuals who have become part of the new black capitalist class.

It is the labour federation's contention that such an NEC might not necessarily represent the interests of the working class.

Yesterday, Netshitenzhe said that the ANC was committed to ensuring that its national executive committee was not sexist and patriarchal in nature.


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