ANC Women’s League defies the party’s National Executive Committee order, Gwede Mantashe furious
African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe slammed the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) for publicly defying the Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on publicly pronouncing President Jacob Zuma’s successor.
Mantashe said the NEC has publicly reprimanded the league for their “premature move and they must in turn listen to the higher structures of the ANC.
“I don’t think we should talk to ANCWL. There’s an NEC position, we’ve corrected them in public. They must accept being corrected,” said Mantashe.
On Saturday the ANCWL issued a statement where they announced Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as their candidate of choice to Zuma’s successor. The League also reiterated their preferred candidate during the Party’s 105 Birthday bash.
Mantashe reprimanded the League and said there are no front runners for the position until proper procedures are followed. He added the league’s move was premature.
On Tuesday ANCWL issued yet another statement saying pronouncing a candidate to be lobbied cannot be in anyway interpreted as a form of ill-discipline. The league added it will not be persuaded to stop its decision to call for the members of the ANC to elect its first ever woman as President in December 2017.
During a round table discussion with Journalist, held at Luthuli House, Mantashe gave a historical insight on the ‘tradition’ of the ANC, where a Deputy President always succeeds the President.
However he turned from the topic, saying he doesn’t want to create traditions that do not exist.
“I don’t want us to create traditions that do not exist. But when you elect a Deputy President, you must have succession in mind,” said Mantashe.
Mantashe then said the debate on whether Cyril Ramaphosa should succeed Zuma, must be allowed to continue, so that questions such as: “There’s a deputy president. Is he competent enough? Can he succeed? if not, why not?” could be answered.