ANC elective conference might have been over, but it still left us with some of the biggest questions around. Did NDZ lose just because she is a black and moreover a women? Does this “Male Dominant” society approach of Western countries deprive her of the ANC Presidency? As per the report published on Black Opinion website, it’s been stated that Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign was plagued with gross sexism, anti-blackness and racism, largely because of her black womanhood. The way her campaign was received was a true reflection of our colonized patriarchal society’s attitudes towards sex, power and the place of Black women in positions of leadership and everyone witnessed it, including feminists.
Black women have always been treated as weak in this world since decades, in the shadows behind powerful men, just meant to do household work and cater the needs of their male counterparts. NDZ tried to break those shackles but fell victim to the dirty tricks of the feminists who don’t want a Black woman to be on the top. They couldn’t bear the fact that someone of her caliber would deny their propaganda and mark her own approach whilst leading this country to a better future. All those so called human beings have often quoted her as “Zuma’s ex-wife” and didn’t even give consideration to her achievements being a Doctor and also the Head of the African union. She often got rewarded for her efforts and contribution to the South African society but it was these feminists who never let her come up the ladder and make her mark as the first African ANC President.
All these feminists must be told that just because they don’t keep intact with like NDZ’s political identity, it won’t make her liable for all that patriarchal, misogynistic, racist oppression. All these feminists, on one hand, act like they are the biggest marketers of women empowerment but on the other side they did to the best they could to stop her from making to the top. This dual mind set is the reason why no black women could ever be able to thrive in this biased approach.
This is for sure a lesson to be learnt for Black feminist dialogue in South Africa. We got to stay focused on the principle of harmony and separate our emotions from our duties whilst spearheading Black women liberation. Moreover, that sexist approach should be kept aside while putting forward our own socialized feelings about their political, social or physical identity.