- Former minister Bathabile Dlamini may just come back to haunt President Cyril Ramaphosa
- Dlamini has blasted the ruling party for making a habit of removing women from top positions in the government
- Issuing a warning to the ANC, Dlamini warned that the party is at risk of losing their female supporters to a new party
While South Africans were mostly relieved when Bathabile Dlamini failed to make the cut into Cabinet, it seems as if the ex-minister may come back to haunt the president.
The ousted politician says that the ANC Women's League is upset with the supposed culture of purging women from positions within the ruling party.
Dlamini explained that a delegation is set to meet with the KwaZulu-Natal leadership following the removal of Zandile Gumede yesterday, reports eNCA.
Briefly.co.za reported that the eThekwini mayor was axed, along with other top municipal officials, not for corruption charges but rather for poor performance.
Now the former minister has warned the ANC that they should proceed with caution, or risk losing female supporters to a breakaway political party:
"If we are not careful, in the near future, the very women that have swelled the ranks of the ANC are going to form their organisation and they will not care if it's a feminist organisation, as long as it will meet their demands they will join it."
Gumede had been on 'indefinite' leave following her arrest on corruption charges relating to a R200 million botched tender. Opposition parties had been sounding calls for her removal, saying that the ANC had missed a prime opportunity to reaffirm their stance on corruption.
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