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ANC’s gender balancing act fails with premier picks

Despite talk of transformation and gender equity, the ANC has ignored its own policies to appoint only two female premiers in the seven ANC-led provincial governments.

Maqueen Letsoha-Mathae of the Free State and Phophi Ramathuba in Limpopo are the only two women ANC premiers.

ANC structures in each province submitted three names, two women and a man, to the ANC national officials to be interviewed for the premier position.

National officials rejected women candidates in five provinces and replaced them with men: Eastern Cape (Lubabalo Mabuyane), Gauteng (Andrek “Panyaza” Lesufi), Mpumalanga (Mandla Ndlovu), North West (Kagiso Mokgosi), and Northern Cape (Zamani Saul).

This is despite the voters rejecting Saul in the Northern Cape and Lesufi in Gauteng, where the ANC failed to secure a clear majority through the ballot.

The ANC said its interviews of premier candidates were observed by the chairperson of its electoral committee, Kgalema Motlanthe, or a committee member nominated by him.

“The committee expressed appreciation for the rigorous, thorough and impartial approach by the national officials at a time when they were required to provide leadership in many other pressing

national developments,” the party said.

Meanwhile, the provinces are expected to hold their first sittings on Friday to elect premiers and approve 10 people from each province to represent the province in the National Council of Provinces.

In the Western Cape, Alan Winde was re-elected on Thursday and announced members of his executive committee to govern the province for the next five years.

In KwaZulu-Natal, the IFP-led coalition of the ANC, DA, and NFP is expected to elect Thami Ntuli of the IFP as its premier candidate at the first sitting on Friday.

The National Council of Provinces is due to have its first sitting on Saturday.

Pictured above: Maqueen Letsoha-Mathae from the Free State and Phophi Ramathuba, Limpopo.

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