Johannesburg - The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) on Tuesday congratulated Paxton Fielies for winning Idols South Africa (SA) 2017.
The 17-year-old from Cape Town bagged the coveted winner's prize that include a brand new Ford Focus, one million rand in cash prize, a R50,000 fashion voucher from Truworths, musical instrument from YAMAHA worth R20,000 and a recording deal.
ANCWL Secretary General Meokgo Matuba said: “Her success reaffirms the position of the ANCWL that given equal opportunity, women and young girls have capacity to excel in any sector at any level. The ANCWL's demand is for the ANC government in particular the department of arts and culture to provide full support to female artists”.
Matuba added: “The Arts industry is not immune to patriarchal attitudes and male chauvinism. There is an urgent need for full fundamental change in the ownership, management and control of arts sector in favour of majority of black South African women. Any sector that does not protect and support active participation of majority of these country's citizens is not sustainable".
Matuba said the ANCWL congratulates Fielies for winning the Idols competition. "May her success encourage all the young girls across the length and breadth of our country to reach their goals. Wishing her all the best for her career."
African News Agency