Every now and again SA is reminded that things we thought had changed have really remained the same. The latest illusion to fall is the ANC’s commitment to sharing posts equally between men and women. Following its December elective conference, at which five of the top six officials elected were men and the woman received the most junior post, two provincial conferences last weekend continued the trend. In KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng the elected top five consisted of four men and a woman. In Gauteng, the woman occupies the lowliest position. Does this mean the ANC is abandoning its commitment to dividing posts equally between men and women? Not really — you can’t abandon something you never had. The conferences continue a pattern that is firmly established in the ANC: if delegates are given a choice, they almost always choose men. This became clear when, after 2007, the ANC gave provinces a say in choosing their candidates for premier. By 2014 the only province to choose a woman was N...

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