President Jacob Zuma said that the ANC has been ready for some time to have a woman president and the discussion is no longer a sticking point for the ruling party.

Zuma stated this in an exclusive interview with SABC’s Nguni radio station to elaborate on the ANC’s January 8 statement on Wednesday night.

“It is no longer a discussion in the ANC whether a women can take a high leadership position or not. This discussion has been had before and the party agreed that anyone who is seen to have the qualities to lead the movement‚ there won’t be any problem for that person to do so‚” Zuma said.

“The ANC is ready for that‚ in fact the party has been ready for some time.”

“If you look into government‚ women are holding key positions and you can see they are doing a good job… no one in the ANC is questioning whether a woman can be the president or not.

“It will depend on the integrity that she possesses and whether members see her fit for the position. We no longer look at whether the person is a woman or man. This is our belief in the ANC.”

Zuma also dedicated a lot of the interview to rebuking structures of the ANC for putting forward names of their preferred candidates to take over the leadership race of the party to the public.

Source – TMG Digital