ANC 2017 Elective Conference

[LISTEN] #ANC54: 'NDZ wouldn't have necessarily been a feminist icon'

The African National Congress Women's League is yet to address media, in response to Cyril Ramaphosa's appointment as the ANC president.

According to journalists, emotions ran high on Monday after the announcement, where a visibly upset Bathabile Dlamini rushed out the venue as soon as the results were announced.

The league put its weight behind Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Speaking on the question of gender in the ANC, journalist, Rebecca Davis says Dlamini-Zuma would have been anything but progressive when addressing women's issues.

She wouldn't have necessarily been a feminist icon.

Rebecca Davis, journalist at the Daily Maverick

On the other hand, I do think there is merit in the argument that you can't be what you don't see. There is merit in having people of colour and women at top levels of leadership.

Rebecca Davis, journalist at the Daily Maverick

She says there is evidence that suggest women parliamentarians at high level do push for certain policies that men may be blind to.

Mail and Guardian journalist Govan Whittles shared his sentiments.

If you were watching Lindiwe Sisulu, she was as isolated as someone who was not even contesting for any position. At one point she put her earphones on... I expected to see a lot more structure in the actual support systems of the campaigns, to show that there are people of gravitas backing it up.

Govan Whittles, journalist at Mail & Gaurdian

Isn't part of the problem about why Lindiwe Sisulu was isolated on that stage, that is the ANC Women's League if they truly are pushing women in the top echelons of power - should have thrown their weight behind Lindiwe Sisulu's campaign equally for the deputy presidency.

Rebecca Davis, journalist at the Daily Maverick

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