- Bathabile Dlamini has launched a scathing rebuke on the prevailing culture of patriarchy in the ANC
- Dlamini is currently the ANCWL president and minister of women in the presidency
- On Thursday she said that women in the ANC were on their own and accused the party of failing to keep the interests of women at heart in nearly all policies
Bathabile Dlamini has launched a scathing rebuke on the prevailing culture of patriarchy in the African National Congress (ANC). Dlamini currently serves as the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) president and the minister of women in the presidency, she is one of the highest-profile women in the ruling party.
On Thursday, Dlamini said women in the ANC were on their own and in danger of having their future shaped by men because men were allowed to speak on behalf of women with little to no input from women.
Dlamini who was a staunch and incredibly vocal supporter of former president Jacob Zuma event through the various scandals he faced about scandalous treatment of women, criticised the ANC for not carrying the best interests of women at heart and for relegating women to support roles.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Dlamini delivered a fiery speech at dialogue event for women and youth held by the department of rural affairs and land reform in Gauteng.
Sowetanlive.co.za reported that Dlamini warned women that their future regarding land ownership was in peril because the current discussions about land reform were being undertaken mostly by men.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that Dlamini told delegates and guests at the event in Boksburg that she believes the land reform debate should be absolutely inclusive of all the people in the country, including women.
Dlamini said while it was true that women were included in discussions and worked with men in the ANC she had come to realise that women were basically on their own in the party.
Dlamini pointed out that women were only serving in the government because they had been appointed at the pleasure of the sitting president. She said once appointed they did their best to further the interests of women so they could tell themselves they at least tried.
The event in Boksburg was attended by hundreds of female stakeholders from the agricultural sector as well as female agricultural students. Experts in land reform and legal professionals were joined by politicians in making presentations and delivering speeches to the group.
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