The African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) which is the highest decision-making body, has taken the decision to disband the national leadership structure of the women’s league which is led by convicted Bathabile Dlamini.
The ANC Women’s League president fell short in her attempt to convince the national executive committee not to disband the leadership structure which she led since 2015. The NEC headed to the call by national working committee member Thandi Modise to disband the league’s structure as it has been tainted and replace it with a task team to be installed.
According to Paul Mashatile, the treasurer general of the ANC, the league executive will be replaced with a national task team. “There was unanimity on the need to ensure the legitimacy of processes leading up to the national conference of the ANCWL. Accordingly, the NEC decided that the ANCWL [executive] should be disbanded…”
It is alleged that some in the NEC argued that the women’s league was prevented from hosting its elective conference by the Covid-19 lockdowns and the local government elections which were held in 2021.
“The NEC commended the ANCWL for the fact that it has been able to maintain an impressive public visibility through virtual events, through campaigning and through engagements with various organizations and forums, despite the poor organizational status and numerous challenges facing its structures at all levels,” said Mashatile.
Meanwhile, Bathabile Dlamini survived being booted out of the party, with the NEC deciding that she should go and stand before it’s integrity commission.
Source: Times Live, Eyewitness News, Mail&Guardian, image from Times Live of the ANC Women’s League