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OPINION| The ANC might have its first female deputy president

ANC NEC member Mmamoloko Kubayi has been supported by her ANC branch in Protea South Soweto to run for the position of deputy president at the ANC's December elective conference. If not her, then who, because she has the energy, the zeal, and she is young, a woman, a product of the Congress youth league, and she has served at its highest level? There are a few others like her, and they may outweigh her in terms of experience and skill, but that does not diminish her readiness to assume the position of vice president of her party.

The transition should be smooth and allow us to reach the conference of 2029 with a renewed and re-energised young and vibrant leadership. My only concern is that these politicians promised the poor and the unemployed better-paying jobs, but to my surprise, they are the ones competing for those positions. I believe this cadre deployment must end.

Electing leaders based on gender is equivalent to electing individuals based on race; all merit-based candidates will be passed up in favor of AA candidates who are unlikely to be able to fulfill the job. South Africa needs knowledgeable, skilled, and meritorious leaders. Electing leaders based on gender is equivalent to cadre deployment, so why does the ANC still expect to win the upcoming general election? We see lightning and hear thunder, so we are not deaf, blind, or naive. The ANC could have its first female Deputy President in the form of Minister of Human Settlements Nkhensani Mmamoloko Kubayi, if certain branches in the Johannesburg Region have their way.

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