Inclusion of more women in ANC leadership long overdue: Thandi Modise

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The inclusion of more women in the African National Congress (ANC)’s Top 7 is long overdue. That is according to senior ANC member Thandi Modise, who spoke to the SABC News on the sidelines of the ANC Gala Dinner at the Imvelo Safari in Reddersburg, outside Bloemfontein.

“It’s long overdue,” says Minister of Defence and former North West premier. “God-willing some of us will contest for the presidency. But for now, I am very happy that the president has been re-elected.”

Modise’s remarks follow the appointment of Nomvula Mokonyane as the party’s first Deputy Secretary-General, Maropene Ramokgopa as the second Deputy Secretary-General, and Dr Gwen Ramokgopa as the party’s Treasurer General, making three women out of the party’s seven-member top structure.

At the event which is a precursor to the annual January 8 Statement, Modise has also noted the inclusion of more younger people into the National Executive Committee (NEC), saying it was bringing in much-needed new energy into the movement.

However, she was quick to point out that “the new energy” also needs to be harnessed correctly to ensure that it serves the interests of the people.

“We can allow the energy to run rough and find ourselves in a space that we don’t know. We can harness that energy positively.”

She says the ANC must at all times remember that the priority is the ordinary people who cast their vote during the elections, and not the politicians themselves.

During the party’s 55 Elective Congress in Nasrec last month, Political Analyst Angelo Fick also reminded the ANC to proirotise the voters.