Dudu Myeni called to start women’s political party


Nkosinathi Mbonani

I’ve taken a robust revisit to the ANC’s national elective conference policy documents and once again I am confronted with the glaring racial and gender disproportions of our society. Many which gained momentum under the rule of the oldest liberation movement on the continent. The ANC has sorely forgotten its biggest voting block, the women.

Throughout history the ANC has had 13 presidents, none of those positions or their deputies were women. The victory of Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary general has been significantly unfollowed. The courageous Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma threw her best attempt at the presidency but lost to billionaire comrade. Capital and patriarchy have confined South African women to the abyss of our society.

If one wishes to know which woman has significant following and potential, one need only look at who the media is trying to destroy. That’s the indication of precise branch support. The fourth estate is a type of prophetic school, it determines the winners and losers of future polls. The massively endorsed media-hatred portrayed against Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was due to a pre-conceived knowledge of her nomination as deputy president of the ANC in Mafikeng. By then, the media had unseamed her so much that it was unfathomable that she’d accept the nomination.

The white propaganda machinery, acutely known as Stratcom, had known of her popularity and would be damned before they let her take the lead of the ANC. They planted fake news and maliciously invoked scandals, the UDF cabal took a divisive stand against her, her husband Nelson Mandela was out-manoeuvred.

One such leader is Dudu Myeni. The media following she has received in the last few years suggest a choreographed mission to destroy her. With no charge to her name, Dudu Myeni has dominated headlines yet not dwindling in her support base of KZN. It is my earnest view that Dudu Myeni must start a women’s political party. In 106-years the ANC still has one woman in the top six, a regress from the previous 5-year administration, and has not had a single woman as president or deputy president.

Essentially, a women’s party will make women global competitors in the economy and provide them with the opportunity to contest state power. Gains will move towards greater representation in parliament for the cause of the national democratic revolution. With the decline of political party funding as women become key enhancers of the economic growth, a party headed by women with a keen interest in women’s development will be a game changer. At present, the ANC is a party for men, elitist old vanguards of white monopoly capital, with the occasional deployment of women for gender equality sake. If the ANC is to survive, the ANC women’s league and the youth league must become central to power. The fourth industrial revolution must be lead by women. In my view, Dudu Myeni is anointed for that path.

Nkosinathi Mbonani is a researcher at the North West University. 
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