We won’t support women who have no credentials

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We won't support women who have no credentials
WANTS CREDENTIALS: ANC Women's League provincial co-ordinator Lydia Moroane is the latest to join the chorus of women leaders in the ANC who are refusing to support chairperson wannabe Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane when the party goes to elect deputy president DD Mabuza’s successor in March 2020. PICTURE BY 013NEWS/MLM

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The co-ordinator of the ANCWL’s task team in Mpumalanga, Lydia Moroane, has said that as leaders they will support women to occupy positions in our society but not those who will appear from nowhere and want to lead.

Moroane said as the women’s league they are “autonomous” and need nobody to impose a candidate on their behalves because they can also use their brains.

She said that they are looking for women who are “equal to the task” and that is the reason for which they supported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be ANC President in 2017’s national elective conference. 

Moroane is also opposed to the “parachuting” of Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane to come lead the Mpumalanga ANC as chairperson.

She said as leaders they are not “allergic to being led by women” but first they assess the credentials of the candidate. “There are many capable women within our ranks who are tried and tested,” she said.

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Moroane addressed a packed Ermelo’s Sports Inn hall 9 February 2020 while campaigning for Gert Sibande ANC leader Muzi Chirwa to be the secretary of the ANC in Mpumalanga and where acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu is the chair, Nkangala leader Speedy Mashilo becomes deputy chair, acting secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali retains her post of deputy secretary and co-operative governance MEC Mandla Msibi becomes treasurer….

We won't support women who have no credentials
Gert Sibande ANC chairperson Muzi Chirwa

“As women we will discuss amongst ourselves who is ready and who can lead in the ANCWL and ANC and give a quality leadership,” she said.

Both Moroane and ANCWL PTT convener Busi Shiba do not see eye to eye over the issue of Tsipane.

Shiba supports Tsipane as the candidate fit to take the ANC Mpumalanga forward while Moroane sides with the NdlovuChirwa camp.

Moroane said they will support women who have grown through the ranks of party structures and not those who don’t even have the support of their own region.

“If my own region and sub-region do not support me, where do I expect to get the support?” she asked to thunderous applause.

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This was a reference to Tsipane who is battling to get support from her own Nkangala region and eMalahleni sub-region. She was handpicked to be Mpumalanga Premier by deputy president DD Mabuza in February 2018 when he left to go to the Union Buildings.

(edited by MLM)

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