Gander at gender

South African politics enters a new chapter with the appointment of Helen Zille, a woman, to head the DA.

South African politics enters a new chapter with the appointment of Helen Zille, a woman, to head the DA.

Could her rise be the beginning of the pieces of a puzzle coming together? A gaze at the crystal ball reveals a defining moment for local politics likely to unfold. This possibility is that of this country achieving a historic double - of the first South African woman president and woman opposition leader. That is if the ANC does finally opt for a woman president later this year.

Add ID leader Patricia de Lille to the picture and we have a great testament to gender equality. Some would decry a "petticoat dictatorship" but it's time for a breath of fresh air that comes with the feminine touch.

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