Provinces deal ANC’s gender parity a blow

ANC Women’s League president Angie Motshekga wants guidelines to prevent provinces abusing their newfound freedom to choose their premiers, which resulted in a low number of women candidates for these positions.

A marathon meeting of the ANC national executive committee (NEC) on Monday saw the party appoint just one woman premier in the eight provinces where it governs – Sylvia Lucas in the Northern Cape – down from four in 2009.

“We are quite disappointed that the provinces preferred male candidates,” Motshekga told the Mail & Guardian. “It made it difficult for the [national] ANC to move.”

During the ANC’s watershed national conference in Polokwane in 2007, at which Jacob Zuma toppled Thabo Mbeki as ANC president, the ANC took a resolution to let the party in each province put forward three candidates for premier, from which the NEC would choose. The resolution was aimed at strengthening the internal democracy of the ANC, which appears to have worked, as the provincial leaders stood their ground this week and insisted on abiding by the resolution, even if their premier choices did not suit Zuma.

Read it at the M&G.

Image – ANC Women’s League president Angie Motshekga (M&G)