- Bathabile Dlamini says she is at peace with the fact that she will not be returning to Cabinet
- She says she is happy that the new Cabinet is 50% female
- Dlamini said that it was not about her, but rather about women in general
Bathabile Dlamini says that she has accepted that she will not be a part of Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet.
Dlamini had previously served as social development minister but faced extensive allegations of maladministration.
Despite not being re-appointed, Dlamini said that the new Cabinet still represented a victory for women as half of the new ministers are female.
Indeed, Dlamini, who is the president of the ANC Women's League, said she was delighted by the gender balance in Cabinet.
She stressed that she was not unhappy that she would be returning to her post, saying, "My struggle is for the emancipation of women, not for myself."
Dlamini added that she would continue to "fight fiercely" for women's emancipation, according to Times Live.
Additionally, Dlamini said she would be going after provinces that did not uphold the ANC's commitment to gender parity. She insists that women should make up 50% of all structures, including positions such as presiding officers and chairpersons of portfolio committees.
She also said that, in provinces with male premiers, the majority of speakers in provincial legislatures and members of the executive should be women.
Meanwhile, a new report suggests that Bathabile may be investigated by the Public Protector for complaints concerning the irregular awarding of tenders while she was social development minister, Briefly.co.za has gathered.