- Bathabile Dlamini says she is happy with her new portfolio and denies President Ramaphosa demoted her
- Dlamini now serves as minister of women in the Presidency, she was the minister of social developments
- She praised Ramaphosa for trying to have an inclusive cabinet.
Bathabile Dlamini says she is very happy with her new portfolio and denies being demoted by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Dlamini was redeployed as the minister of women in the Presidency after her stint as the minister of social developments.
Dlamini, who is also the president of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) praised Ramaphosa for trying to have an inclusive cabinet, this despite widespread criticism against her appointment.
“I think people want to see it as a demotion because even in their own families, they undermine women, and therefore everything that has women is inferior. If you are in that ministry, you are demoted, that is not how I feel,” Dlamini said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Dlamini is currently in New York City, she is attending the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.
Dlamini admitted that 2017 had been an incredibly tough and challenging year for her as she struggled to transfer the payments of social grants from the current service provider to an internal service provider.
Dlamini revealed that she had been getting only two hours of sleep a day as she read reports and information about how to best switch payment methods. She said she felt happier in her current role.
“Right now I feel I am placed where my heart is, and the ANC is giving me an opportunity to cool off and try and focus on my work and to help women and girls in South Africa that are still in poverty.”
Dlamini said Ramaphosa did his best in selecting his own cabinet after he was elected by Parliament to succeed Jacob Zuma on 15 February.
She said there was a campaign to discredit her and other ministers in the run-up to the cabinet reshuffle. Dlamini said her worst sin was that she campaigned for a woman to become the president of the ANC.
“I think whatever we want to say, he has proven he has two ears. A leader must have two ears because if you’re a leader and you have one ear, you will end up destroying the whole organisation. Secondly, I think we all need to be given a chance, and he must be given a chance, there is a long road ahead of us,” she said
Dlamini admitted that the ANC will not have an easy 2019 general election and will have to work hard to convince the electorate to vote for the party.
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