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ANC Women’s League disbanded

The ANC’s top decision-making body between elective conferences met for two days this week and emerged having made some big decisions. The most significant development, which party spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed to the SABC, is that the party’s recent step-aside rule has been amended to bar criminally charged members from standing for any leadership positions in the party or government. 

This is a big deal given recent events that saw people facing murder and corruption charges embarrassingly elected as key party officials in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. 

We can probably breathe a sigh of relief knowing that guys like Ace Magashule and  Bathablie Dlamini won’t return to taint SA’s governing structures, again.

Speaking of convicted perjurer Dlamini, It’s been in the works for over a month, but the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL), which she leads, has been disbanded. In recent years the league has come to be seen by many as a spent force – but its key role in dismantling apartheid shouldn’t be forgotten. Members of the league were active in the Defiance Campaign and the adoption of the Freedom Charter. Sadly the last few years have tarnished its history. Some of the issues at play include:

🔹Dlamini’s five-year term in office has long expired

🔹No national conference has been held over the past two years, reportedly due to the pandemic 

🔹An earlier ANCWL report showed that the structure had no functioning branches, regions or structures in most provinces, the Mail & Guardian reported

The ANCWL will be replaced by a yet-to-be-established National Task Team similar to the one that replaced the also now-defunct ANC Youth League. 

Members of the ANCWL have blamed its structural woes on dwindling financial support from the ANC. But that doesn’t excuse the league’s decision to back dodgy leaders like Dlamini. The party, meanwhile, will be hoping that these decisions impress voters ahead of the 2024 general elections. It needs to be seen to contain and cure its internal corruption epidemic – or risk losing its hold on power. Let’s see what voters think

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