Women’s Minister in the Presidency, Bathabile Dlamini has defended her inclusion in the top 20 of the ANC Parliamentary list, adding that patriarchy still exists within the ruling party.
The African National Congress (ANC) submitted its list of more than 100 names to be considered for occupying seats in parliament. The list was submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, and released to the public on Thursday night, 14 March 2019.
While Dlamini appears in the fourteenth spot on the list, it is important to note that the top ten solely consisted of men.
Speaking to SABC News, Minister Dlamini defended her inclusion on the list, stating that members who appear on the list do not apply for consideration, but are rather elected by the people.
“What is in the list of the ANC is the will of the people. In the ANC, we do not apply to be public representatives, we are elected by the people.”
Dlamini accused the party of allocating the top ten spots on the list to males only to preserve patriarchy in the party. She said that if the list alternated between male and female, the men in the party knew they were going to lose the power. In the same breath, however, she urged women to take control of their own destinies.
“That was meant to keep the positions for themselves. They know if it is zebra, they are going to go down because they know that more women vote, and during elections, more women mobilize for the support of the organization.
“Patriarchy always adjusts. The Secretary General spoke about our preparedness to push back against the push back, because at all times, patriarchy finds a space to try and endorse what it stands for. If women do not want to fight a very hard game of push back and frontiers war, they will always be oppressed and chained down by patriarchy.” she said.