15/05/2017 08:10 SAST | Updated 15/05/2017 08:10 SAST

The ANC Women's League Asks SA To Fight 'Demons Of Patriarchy'

“It is the struggle to demand gender equality in all fronts.”

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Members of the ANC Women's League chant slogans as they hold placards after a bail hearing of Danish man Peter Frederiksen was postponed at the Bloemfontein court September 28, 2015. The Danish gun store owner found with 21 pieces of female genitals stored in his home freezer has been detained and will face charges of sexual assault, intimidation and domestic violence, South African police said last Monday.

The ANC Women's League used the occasion of Mother's Day to stir up support against the "demons of patriarchy" by electing female leaders.

"The ANCWL's call for women leadership in and outside the ANC is not a sexiest call but a struggle against the demons of patriarchy which are hell-bent in reducing women into nothing but second class citizens," said the league's secretary, Meokgo Matuba, in a statement issued on Sunday.

"It is the struggle to demand gender equality in all fronts," she added.

She said Sunday's celebrations should "also be a day to reflect on the role of mothers in building the nation".

Over the last few months, the ANC Women's League has been highly vocal in its endorsement of former African Union commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next leader of the ruling party.