Time for serious questions about the ANC's feminist agenda

In a trailer for the African National Congress’ 54th conference, the eNCA news channel interviewed a broad spectrum of South Africans on what they know about Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ), who lost narrowly to Cyril Ramaphosa in the race for president of South Africa’s ruling party this week.

Almost all of them referred to her as Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife. One or two said they thought she was connected to the United Nations (she served as Chair of the African Union Commission). No one mentioned her having been South Africa’s Minister of Health, Foreign Affairs then Home Affairs. Her claim to fame remained in the public mind her association to President Jacob Zuma, whom she divorced more than twenty years ago.

The trailer is a telling reminder of one of South Africa’s biggest, unmet challenges – the patriarchal ideology that permeates every facet of society and relegates even the most prominent and successful women to an appendage of a man.

On the face of it, the ANC elections are a victory for democracy. Simmering internal discontent with Zuma and his association with the billionaire Gupta family that have “captured the state” expressed itself in Ramaphosa’s win, though he inherits a crown of thorns with three out of the new top six officials (deputy president David Mabuza, Secretary General Ace Magashule and Deputy Secretary General Jesse Duarte) in the Zuma “camp”.

Read the full article HERE.

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