ANCWL demands female replacement for axed mayor Zandile Gumede

ANCWL demands female replacement for axed mayor Zandile Gumede

- The ANCWYL insists that a female candidate should replace axed eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede

- This comes as the ANC is set to discuss the replacements on Thursday

- The Women's League has described the firing of female ANC officials as a "purge"

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The ANC Women's League has insisted that axed Durban mayor Zandile Gumede must be replaced by a woman.

The league's leadership met with several senior ANC officials to discuss the matter.

This follows the ANC's KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee's (PEC) decision to fire Gumede and several other high-ranking officials, including Msunduzi mayor Themba Njilo.

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This comes after ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini's remarks earlier this week regarding Gumede's firing, has gathered. Dlamini said the league was dissatisfied with what it views as the way female leaders are so easily removed from office. She described the firings as a "purge". 

Dlamini says that this makes for a "regression" in terms of the party's efforts toward gender equality, according to eNCA.

As a result, Dlamini wants female government officials to be replaced by other women if they are removed from their positions.

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Dlamini also issued a warning to the ANC, saying that it should tread carefully when dealing with its female members or it may risk losing their support. She hinted at several Women's League figures even potentially splintering off from the ANC to form their own party.

The ANC is set to hold a meeting on Thursday to select the replacements for these dismissed mayors.

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