North West ANCWL endorses Dlamini Zuma for ANC President

The mayor of Bojanala District Municipality, Fetsang Mokati, has been re-elected as the League’s Provincial chairperson. North West ANCANCWL African Union SACPCOSATUSANCON kosazana Dlamini- Zuma Cyril Ramaphosa Bridgette Mogakwe Fetsang Mokati Mimo Nobatana Bitsang
Lenkopane Manketse Tlhape Rustenburg Haartebeespoort Sello Lehari Bojanala District
Municipality Patrick Dintwa The seventh provincial conference of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) in the North West, has formally endorsed former African Union Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to become the next African National Congress (ANC) President in December. The ruling party’s Women’s League held its provincial elective conference over the weekend in Haartebeespoort near Rustenburg. The provincial conference was attended by over 700 delegates from across the four regions in the North West. During the conference, the mayor of Bojanala District Municipality around Rustenburg, Fetsang Mokati, was re-elected as the provincial chairperson. Bridgette Mogakwe has also retained her position as provincial secretary. ANCWL Secretary General, Meokgo Matuba, announced the names for the five top positions: “We were able to elect PEC officials, whereby comrade Fetsang Mokati, is the Chairperson, she has been retained. Comrade Mimo Nobatana is the Deputy Chairperson. We have retained as an organisation comrade Bridgette Mogakwe as the Secretary. Comrade Bitsang Lenkopane as the Deputy provincial secretary and comrade Manketse Tlhape as the Treasurer.” The conference also dealt with ANC policies in preparation for the party’s up-coming national policy conference at the end of the month. Provincial secretary Bridgette Mogakwe
says their top priority is the land issue and organisational renewal. “As the ANC Women’s
League we are very clear that in terms of your land, we should reclaim our land from 1652,
not from 1913 – and secondly, we are saying we need also to engage the Department of
Land Affairs to avail the land for women and to mobilise the resources. As the ANC Women’s
League we reject the issue of the super branches at the work place. The branch is the basic unit
of the organisation, and the branches that we are talking about are the ward base where the
community is based.” The provincial conference also discussed and endorsed the position of the League’s national leadership, in supporting Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, to succeed Jacob Zuma as the President of the ANC in December. Bridgette Mogakwe said: “We have pronounced, and we are still confident that we stand by our decision… that out of 105 years that the ANC is existing, the ANC women’s league is 99 years of struggle – now we are saying we are equal to the task, and we are ready, and we are resolute… we want the woman president, not just a woman president… we have pronounced comrade Dr Nkosazana Dlamini
Zuma, and we are going to drive up until we are sure that we achieve what we want as women.”
Meanwhile, the ANC in the province through its Deputy Chairperson, Sello Lehari, has also indicated its support for a woman president. However the South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the province, have a different preference. They all support ANC Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to take over from Jacob Zuma.