- ANC Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini has come out in strong support of Busisiwe Mkhwebane
- Attending a prayer meeting in honour of the embattled Public Protector, Dlamini took aim at judges who had put forward adverse rulings against Mkhwebane
- The former minister's support has come at a time when the ANC stands to benefit from Mkhwebane's impending removal
A prayer meeting was recently held in honour of Busisiwe Mkhwebane in Mpumalanga and former minister Bathabile Dlamini seized the opportunity to threw the weight of the ANCWL behind her.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Public Protector was facing mounting calls to be removed from office by both political parties and private groups alike.
Speaking at the event, Dlamini slammed the judges that ruled against Mkhwebane in recent times, saying that:
“If they are going to take decisions that make us question the authenticity of the judgements they make, we are going to have a problem with that."
Dlamini insisted that female judges should not forget those who made it possible for them to enjoy their current positions, citing the sacrifices made by struggle veterans like Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The former minister insisted that it was becoming increasingly easy to 'muzzle' women in power:
“We cannot allow women to be muzzled at all times. Because it has been happening, and it is beginning to be a culture and practice of those in power to muzzle women they see as powerful and forthright and not afraid in the face of challenges."
The Citizen reports that Dlamini had been unhappy with comments made by a judge recently dubbing Mkhwebane's remedial action against Minister Pravin Gordhan as 'nonsensical' and 'vague'.
Political analyst Thabani Khumalo commented on the situation, telling IOL that Dlamini's decision to throw the weight of the League behind Mkhwebane while the ANC itself wanted to see the back of her was a sign of a deeply divided party.
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