WOMEN CAN BE POWERFUL LEADERS, SAYS HEAD OF SOUTH AFRICA’S ANC WOMEN’S LEAGUE

The head of the African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League, the women’s wing of the South African ruling party, Bathabile Dlamini, says female leaders in South Africa have the ability to take office as president of the country.

She made the comment in Soweto here Monday at an ANC event to celebrate the country’s Heritage Month and the 80th birthday of ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Congratulating Madikizela-Mandela on her birthday, Dlamini said South Africa needed to recognize that women could be powerful leaders.

“Women leaders in the ANC have always been very strong. All our past leaders who are women could have been the president of the ANC. But in this country patriarchy is very strong which is why maybe at some stage we thought that we were not ready. But we have learnt our lessons that there is not a time when South Africans will say we are ready to be led by women.”

She said women in South Africa had power and they had been led by powerful women. “We can have a woman President,” said Dlamini.

Dlamini also congratulated ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and thanked her for the role she played. “As the (ANC) Women’s League, we have come to say to her, ‘Thank you very much for giving leadership to the country’,” said Dlamini.

“My birthday wish for Winnie is that she must continue loving the people and that she must grow older and try to ensure that the ANC is intact and united because she has played a very important role in the ANC.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.