If the ANC really believes in advancing the role of women, why does it insist on shoving such awful ones in our faces? I ask this question as someone who believes women are infinitely superior to men. Consider how disappointing the recent past has been for women hoping to witness resistance against the toxic masculinity in the administration of Jacob Zuma. There was former energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson mouthing off incoherently in Parliament about cows licking fires, while being utterly useless with the nuclear deal — so useless she couldn’t even be corrupt. Or Bathabile Dlamini, swaying and shouting "uGrindrod! uGrindrod!" — little foot flat on the pedal towards the edge of the social welfare cliff. And Faith Muthambi, perpetually bent, defiant and dismissive, shamelessly mailing off confidential information to the Gupta family while wrecking everything else she touched. Now, to our collective despondency, a second wave of unpleasantness is apparent. Jessie Duarte, the ide...

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