The ANC Women's League has nominated President Jacob Zuma to retain his position as ANC leader at the party's national conference in Mangaung.
"President Jacob Zuma has never failed us as women in terms of the things that we want to achieve," African National Congress Women's League president Angie Motshekga told reporters in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Motshekga said the ANCWL supported Zuma, despite criticism by others of his traditional views. She denied that the league was a "feminist" organisation.
"We [the ANCWL] really focus our interests around the rights of men and women equally. We are not a feminist organisation. We are a women's organisation.
"In terms of his [Zuma's] traditional views about women, I just think that that's a personal matter. If I, as a consent[ing] adult make a decision [to marry someone], it is a lifestyle that I choose."
Zuma is a polygamist who has married six times.
In a television interview earlier in the year, Zuma said that for women to remain single was "not right" and that having children would provide "extra training" for women.
The ANCWL president, who also serves as basic education minister, denied rumours that Zuma did not fire her for the late delivery of textbooks in Limpopo because he needed to secure the league's vote in Mangaung.
"At the end of the day, as a minister, I thought it was my responsibility to apologise for the delayed textbooks. That does not make me liable.
"It [the textbook saga] has nothing to do with Mangaung."
The league chose Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.
Several ANC branches, as well as the ANC Youth League, had nominated Motlanthe for president. He had not yet stated whether he would accept the nominations.
Motshekga said because the league had nominated Ramaphosa, it did not mean it was trying to malign Motlanthe.
"It is just a choice... it has nothing to do with him [Motlanthe] as a person. So it is not an anti-Motlanthe vote."
The league wanted to retain Baleka Mbete as ANC chairperson and Gwede Mantashe as secretary general.
Jessie Duarte was nominated as deputy secretary-general and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize as treasurer.
ANCWL national executive committee member and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa defended Zuma's nomination.
"It [the nomination] does not come from the president of the ANC Women's League, it comes from the collective of the league."
Molewa said the league did not choose a woman for South Africa's president because unity in the ANC was currently more important.
"There are many women in the ANC Women's League... who are actually capable," she said.
"It is highly likely that a conversation [about female leadership] can start anytime, because we are not incapable. Anytime, [or] any day we could have a woman president."