Bathabile Dlamini is the new ANCWL president

The minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, has been elected as a new African National Congress  Women’s League (ANCWL) president 0n Saturday of August 08, 2015 in Irene, Pretoria in the Gauteng province of South Africa .
Bathabile DlaminiIn a host of leadership changes, the ANC Women’s League has elected Bathabile Dlamini to replace Angie Motshekga as president.Dlamini defeated Motshekga by 1537 to 1081 votes at the League’s long-awaited elective conference held in Pretoria on Friday.

The result are an indication that the ANCWL wanted change in the leadership, but others still had faith in the out-going president. The league has not elected new leaders since 2008, when Motshekga was first elected president. It was meant to have a conference  in 2013 but it didn’t happen, even this year they have to postpone the conference twice.

Dlamini who serves as Social Development minister will have to work hard in rebuilding the league to its former glory. The league in the past years, many critics and commentators have singled out the league of being mere praise singers for president Jacob Zuma.

Delegates at the conference who campaign for Dlamini said the league needed new blood after the conference was delayed for two years. The other top four positions in the league received a shake up. Sisi Ntombela, MEC of social development in the Free State was elected deputy president unopposed, replacing Nosipho Ntwanambi.

A relatively unknown Meokgo Matuba from North West Province triumphed over the incumbent Sisi Tolashe as secretary general. Weziwe Tikane would be Matuba’s deputy replacing Mpai Mogorosi, and international relations minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane was elected league’s treasurer replacing  Hlengiwe Mkhize.

 

Xolani Ngema

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