Do we need a female president in South Africa?

Bathabile+Dlamini
Do we need a female president in South Africa? I’m not writing this article because I’m subscribing to any sexist / religious / traditional / cultural discriminative beliefs, or trapped in the chauvinist body controlled by patriarchal mind. I want to put that disclaimer for you not to read it with objective view. Yes I have said it. You can say it differently than I have said it, but I have said it anyway. It is my view and I have a right to my opinion like you have a right to yours.

I am writing after hearing the roar of women’s silence and sensing the rumble of their storm and feel the fury and their revolt, like Thomas Sankara did some years ago. But for me, despite living in a country which consists of 51.7% of female population, the reality is that I hear the roar periodically. I can clearly hear the roar and rumbles during August month (when this country, South Africa, is commemorating women’s month) and during the 16 days of activism against women and child abuse.

I am hearing the roar and rumbles mainly from the female gender elitist who raises the gender card to pursue the self-narrow minded selfish motives by using the hardships of the female peers to blackmail society. I hear these roars and rumbles from liberal antagonists of democracy who want to make us believe that our county (and movement) should be defined by chromosomes.

The self-appointed spokespersons of South African women are roving high above our heads looking for any opportunity to show off their female gender card to gain access to the material benefits in the name of representing the female gender. Don’t get me wrong. I am listening to the roar and rumbles also being guided by the words of Mao Tse Tung that:

“In order to build a great socialist society it is of utmost importance to arouse the broad masses of women to join in productive activity. Men and women must receive equal pay for equal work in production. Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realised in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole”

I am listening to these roars & rumbles being a member of this society (and movement) that is advancing National Democratic Revolution, keeping in mind that Thomas Sankara had said:

The revolution and women’s liberation go together. We do not talk of women’s emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the revolution to triumph. Women hold up the other half of the sky.”

But why should I bother myself with the roars & rumbles from these female gender elitists ?

I am struggling to find reasons why should I bother and raise my blood-pressure with this selfish narrow-minded agenda from the “female gender” elitist. Maybe it is due to the fact at all times, I am trying that when I look at a thing, I try examine it’s essence and treat its appearance merely as an usher at the threshold, I must grasp the essence of the thing; this is the only reliable and scientific method of analysis that Chairman Mao Tse Tung has advocated for. Maybe it is in my quest to fight for gender equity without any form of opportunistic tendencies. I guess it might be the influence of the words of Karl Marx when he said:

“Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex .....”

But I know the reason has got nothing to do with me being of a different gender than female (gender elitist). I am not at all oblivious of the fact that in South Africa women remain locked in unemployment, poverty and inequality. I am aware that we still find certain corporate sectors and structures that consciously pose barriers to the advancements of women. The reason might be these periodic roars & rumbles from the female gender elitists that I hear want to suggest that the challenges faced by South Africa can be addressed by a female gender. What they miss is what Mao Tse Tung asserted that genuine equality between the sexes can only be realised in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole.

These female gender elitists suggesting that the change of leadership in the country to female gender is a panacea or a magic bullet to address unemployment and poverty are living in a DECEPTIVE planet. These are the people that Vladimir Lenin clearly defined when he said:

“People always have been the foolish victims of the deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learned to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises.”

Chapter 5 sections (84) & (85) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (as amended) defines the powers and functions of the President of South Africa. The powers and functions are not confined to certain chromosomes. I have said it and will say it again, at any given juncture: We Don’t Need a Female President and We Don’t Need a Male President.

We need a President irrespective of his/her gender. We need a President irrespective of his/her sexual orientation. W need a President irrespective of his/her religious affiliation. We can’t be dragged into electing a President based on chromosomes not capacity to lead the nation. If it becomes so, as female gender elitists suggests, then soon we can be dragged into electing a President based on religion because religious fundamentalists. And who knows we might end up with elections of a President based on Tribes or Race.

I ask myself a question and hoping to get answers in my troubled mind, but do not worry in providing an answer.
I got the answer from Deng Xiaoping: “ It does not matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches the mice.”
But that answer does not take away that women must not be treated as second class citizens, and also does not take away the fact that patriarchy exists.

Women are equal citizens and they have the right to contest any position in politics, corporate sector, etc. But that can’t be through using gender card as a blackmail to garner solidarity to advance selfish motives of certain female elitist or their faction. I support gender equity. Women and men in South Africa have a right to equal opportunities and protection under the law. What we must advocate for is the implementation of that law.

Yes, I have said it and you can see it differently than I have said it. I have said it during women’s month, can say it during men’s month, children’s month, elderly’s month, youth month or any day of the year. It is my view and I have a right to my opinion like you have a right to your opinion.

I am stating again: WE DON’T NEED A FEMALE or MALE PRESIDENT.... . Finish and Klaar !!!!!
What is your opinion?

[A special thanks to Cde. Sediko Rakolote on his contribution (hereof) to the Communist University at: http://groups-beta.google.com/group/Communist-University]

Happy Women’s Month (August in South Africa) !!!!!!!!!!

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