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South Africa Needs a Feminist President – Nomalanga Mkhize (Podcast)

The Fate of the Eastern CapeWould having a woman as president change the fundamental nature of our society?

This is the question that Stephen Grootes recently put to Dr Nomalanga Mkhize, a history lecturer at Rhodes University and contributor to The Fate of the Eastern Cape: History, Politics and Social Policy edited by Greg Ruiters.

“It would certainly go a long way in giving a different image of what leadership can be or should be,” Mkhize says, adding however that from the corporate sector one can see that the rise of female power does not “necessarily translate into the changing of traditionally masculine culture or approach to leadership”.

“We do need to see women physically rising up to the highest office of power in South Africa, but that woman will also then have to be quite feminist to advance anything.”

Mkhize continues: “It’s very important to see women doing things that were traditionally reserved for men, in particular on the African continent where there are very few high-profile women leaders.”

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