JOHANNESBURG – Men who abuse women, as well as those who default on maintenance payments – beware.
Newly-elected ANC Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini says she plans to make life difficult for abusers and defaulters.
She has also vowed to campaign for cheaper access to legal services for women and to mobilise the league’s members to support women in court matters countrywide.
After recently winning the presidential race of the ANC Women’s League conference against Angie Motshekga, Dlamini says healing the rifts in the league will be on top of her list.
“We want to be the vanguard of the women’s struggle and that is why we want to ensure that all women are united, and we try and ensure that there is a minimum platform of action that we are going to mobilise them around.”
Dlamini plans to push the ANC to make good on its commitment of 50-percent women representation in all decision-making structures.
“In our declaration we stressed the issue of the representation of women in all our structures, and that in itself is commitment to having a woman president.”
The ANC Women’s League counts as one of 12 provinces that participate in the ANC’s leadership nominations and elections. Dlamini’s new position has thrust her to the centre of the looming whirlwind of succession.