Johannesburg - ANC Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini on Tuesday said the league had been dealt a blow with Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma's loss in the ANC presidential election.
Dlamini Zuma was defeated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in what many considered a tightly contested race.
The league had backed the former African Union chairperson in the lead up to the party's 54th National Elective Conference, expected to run until Wednesday at Nasrec.
At a press briefing, which had earlier been postponed due an urgent steering committee meeting, Dlamini said they were disappointed with the outcome of the election.
"In 2017, as we celebrate the life of OR Tambo, we cannot be proud of this outcome," she said.
"We fought a good and the struggle for the emancipation of women must continue. The fight continues."
Dlamini said the party had regressed on women's issues and needed to take a decision on how women will be affirmed. She also question
She however, expressed pride at the fact that history had been made with the inclusion of a female candidate in the election.
The league was also question on whether they would support Ramaphosa as a leader, especially in light of remarks Dlamini reportedly made in the lead up to elections.
"We will support Ramaphosa, that is the culture in the ANC, to subject ourselves to the elected leader," she said.
She added that they would not leave the party, adding that the ANC was their home.