Women’s league on the move

ELECTION TRAIL: ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini, centre, with Thoko Xasa, left, and Weziwe Tikana. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
ELECTION TRAIL: ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini, centre, with Thoko Xasa, left, and Weziwe Tikana. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

Leaders to drive ANC’s election campaign in Bay

THE ANC Women’s League’s top brass will spend the next two weeks in Nelson Mandela Bay drumming up support for the party ahead of next year’s local government elections.League president Bathabile Dlamini was in the Bay on Sunday and yesterday to discuss their campaign plans which will lead up to a national launch of their Charlotte Maxeke Women’s Brigade at Dan Qeqe Stadium in two weeks time.

Senior members of the league will be driving a programme to encourage women to be active participants in the municipal elections.

They will spend time holding branch meetings, community meetings and going on door-to-door ward visits.

Asked what the league would be doing to ensure its members emerged in prominent leadership positions within the ANC’s Bay regional structures, Dlamini said it all depended on the women themselves as the party’s constitution was fair towards women.

The ANC hopes to hold a regional elective conference this month. However, some branches are yet to hold branch general meetings.

“The constitution of the ANC says there must be 50% of women in the structures of the ANC,” Dlamini said.

“Where you have more women as officials, it means women in those areas have been able to work hard. In the whole membership of the ANC, more than 60% are women,” she said.

The league’s deputy secretary-general, Weziwe Tikana, said: “We are here in the metro for the sole purpose of remobilising, galvanising of people to support the ANC.

“We will do that through visiting households, visiting members of the ANC, and convening branch meetings in all 60 wards.

“We’ll not only meet members of the ANC, but community members.

“We want to listen to them to hear their concerns. There are people who don’t know where they can access government services,” Tikana said.

The league held its national executive committee meeting at the weekend, where the members reflected on their programmes for the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, which ends on Thursday.

Dlamini said they wanted to focus on abuse-prevention campaigns by encouraging women to get out of relationships at the first sign of abuse.

“On the first day that your partner insults you, you have to leave. If he slaps you, don’t wait for the second slap,” she said.

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