Minister of Small Business Enterprise, Lindiwe Zulu, says the African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League is pleased with Nkosazana Dlamini -Zuma’s campaign, despite her losing to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The pair were in a tight race to take over from President Jacob Zuma as president of the ANC, at the party’s 54th National Conference in Nasrec.

Zulu says Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign sought to ensure that women ascend to the key decision making structures of the party, and that the Women’s League will continue pushing for a female president.

“We believe as Women’s League that our campaign for women emancipation must continue; our campaign to fight patriarchy and all its manifestations must continue… but what we need to do now is to go to the drawing board and see where we went wrong in terms of ensuring that we don’t only have Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma on the top six, but other women in general.”

Zulu says the the fight against patriarchy should be taken to the grass root level and to mobilise support from both women and men  and to show that women can lead.