The United Democratic Movement Women’s Organisation (UDEMWO) is disgusted that yet another African National Congress (ANC) leader has been accused of women abuse. As the story unfolds, we note that these accusations constantly rotate amongst the ruling party’s prominent male leaders.

Some of those alleged culprits have been Danny Jordaan, Marius Fransman, Mduduzi Manana, and more recently Pule Mabe and Zizi Kodwa. And, lest we forget, their very own, former president Jacob Zuma. Even though he was acquitted, the consequences of his actions left a bitter taste in the mouth. In fact, one could conclude that this is an ANC culture.

The ANC and its Women’s League (ANCWL) never ceases to amaze. We, in particular, point out the ANCWL’s flip-flopping when it comes to either condemning or defending their male counterparts.

South African women must pull the wool from their eyes and realise that the ANCWL are sell-outs with double standards.

Where on earth were they when Jacob Zuma was faced with rape allegations? Bathabile Dlamini was at the forefront, supporting him while he was singing “Umshini wami” at court. It was also reported that the ANCWL went so far as to say that the late Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo ‘Khwezi’, “should feel lucky to have been raped by such a handsome man”.

What more should we expect from the ruling party’s male leaders? In fact, who is next?

Issued by:
Ms Thandi Nontenja
UDEMWO Secretary General