After Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma lost the presidential race‚ she was comforted by other women in the party.
On her left hand was International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashobane and on her right was Environmental Affairs Minister Ednah Molewa.
Not far from Dlamini-Zuma was Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.
As the results were finalised‚ with just one women in the top six of the ANC – Jessie Duarte – the three whispered among each other.
“We are going backward. Just one women. This is not good‚” one of the three said as they looked at each other.
Members of the ANC came and rubbed Dlamini-Zuma’s back‚ whispering something in her ear.
One of the delegates‚ seated not far from Dlamini-Zuma stood up‚ broke into tears‚ and came to give her a hug.
She then returned to her seat and continued to cry for at least three minutes‚ cradling her head in her folded arms on her desk.
After the last person who came to provide comfort to her left‚ Dlamini-Zuma sat looking down – focusing on a document in front of her.
She sat still as a pastor prayed for the new top six leadership of the ANC.