The ANC Women’s League says the governing party has failed women and is presiding over the regression of the emancipation of women. The party announced its new leadership on Monday, invoking an emotive response from the league, which had thrown its weight behind Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to make history in becoming the first woman to lead the 105-year-old ANC. The league’s president, Bathabile Dlamini, said late ANC leader Oliver Tambo was “turning in his grave”, as he had championed the equal representation of women in ANC leadership structures. She told journalists at the party’s national conference on Tuesday that patriarchal bias had seen men who were on Dlamini-Zuma’s slate rise to power as she lost to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. “This is an attack on women’s struggles. We have been dealt a blow and want to call on all women to stand together,” she said. In an about-turn, Dlamini also criticised the nonappointment of Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, who had stoo...

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