African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini says she is at peace with not being appointed to the new cabinet announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday night.
For the former social development minister, the bigger fight, for the “emancipation of women”, was won with half the national executive now comprised of women.
“I am still the president of the women’s league and I am still going to fight fiercely. My struggle is for the emancipation of women, not for myself,” said Dlamini.
She added that she was thrilled that “for the first time” women make up 50% of the cabinet.
But the battle is not over, she said, because the ANCWL is now targeting deployments in parliament’s oversight committees.
Dlamini said the decision of the president and ANC officials to equalise the number of women and men was welcome.
“It is the first time in the history of this country that the decisions of the NEC for equal representation are implemented,” said Dlamini.