The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) will not allow the ANC to split irrespective of who becomes the ANC’s next President, ANCWL Secretary General Meokgo Matuba said on Monday.
“The ANC will weather all of the current storms and emerge united,” Matuba said in response to claims made by Simon Freemantle of Standard Bank that if Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former African Union Commission Chairwoman, became the ANC’s next President, the ruling party would split.
The ANCWL have publicly announced its support for Dlamini-Zuma to become the ANC’s next President in the ANC Elective Conference in December.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is also seen as a presidential hopeful. The rivalry between Dlamini-Zuma and Ramaphosa have reportedly led to internal fighting among ANC factions.
Freemantle has warned in his article titled “The prospects for and implications of an NDZ (Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma) win” that Dlamini-Zuma’s election as the ANC President would have serious consequences for the country, in addition to the split of the ANC.
Freemantle claimed that the implications of Dlamini-Zuma being elected as the ANC President is that the party will lean toward more aggressive form of radical socio-economic transformation unlike other presidential hopefuls.
“The ANCWL wants to inform Mr Freemantle and his master’s in Standard Bank that radical economic transformation is unstoppable revolution irrespective of who becomes the ANC President and the ANCWL will not allow the ANC to split,” Matuba said. Enditem