16 June 2019


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

ANCWL in Bokone Bophirima wishes for a female Premier  

by: Obakeng Maje    date: 20 june 2018

As work is underway to decide who will lead Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government as Premier for the next few months, the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) in this province has got just one wish, that the new Premier could be a woman. 
 
The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) has mandated its National Working Committee (NWC) to finalise the matter before Friday after Monday’s Special NEC meeting could not reach a conclusion.  
 
Former Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, resigned from the position a month ago. Now the ANC Women’s League says it would be happy if his successor could be a woman.
  
ANCWL Provincial Secretary, Bridgette Tlhomelang said: “We share the same sentiments with Republic of South Africa and ANC President, Cyril Ramapahosa, regarding women empowerment. We would be grateful if the next Bokone Bophirima Premier will be a female.
 
“We were part of the negotiations when PEC decided on which names to submit to the ANC National Executive Committee. We are happy that two of those names were females,” Tlhomelang said.
 
The ANCWL in the province said if the ANC NEC is not convinced about current Acting Premier, Wendy Nelson and Speaker of Provincial Legislature, Sussana Dantjie, the ANC leadership should then send one of the province’s former female leaders like Edna Molewa to finish off the remainder of Mahumapelo’s term of office. 
 
Bokone Bophirima has already had three female premiers in Edna Molewa [now Minister of Environmental Affairs], Maureen Modiselle who led the province for less than two years and Thandi Modise [currently Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces who completed Modiselle’s term of office]. 
 
Tlhomelang also called on government, business, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and research institutions to also give women the space to lead.
 
“We want to see women as vanguards in all spheres to ensure that we combat gender bias that is still deeply embedded in cultures, economies, political and social institutions across the country. Women and girls continue to face unacceptable level of discrimination and abuse, which is not only wrong, but also prevents them from playing a full part in society and decision making. 
 
“Until women are empowered to play a full part in decision making at all levels, winning a fight against gender inequality will remain a distant goal. We want women empowerment to be properly done rather than being added as a favour,” she said.
 
The ANC Women’s League in the province said it appreciates the enormous contribution made by Bokone Bophirima Provincial government under Mahumapelo’s leadership.  
 
“Out of 22 municipalities, women occupied most mayoral positions. So, we would like to applaud the provincial government on that one. However, we still believe that more can be done in improving the situation. Women are the most vulnerable group within our society and we need to take that into consideration.
 
“We also agree that women should get the same salaries as their male counterparts if their job description is the same. Gender equality is crucial in sustainable development across private and public sectors,” Tlhomelang said.