Former AU chairperson and President Jacob Zuma’s ex-spouse, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has urged the ruling party to take back control of the National Treasury.
According to her, this can be done by controlling the finance ministry and allowing majority of the people to participate in the economy.
She also took a swipe at the Democratic Alliance for trying to run South Africa through the streets and the courts, saying the recent anti-Zuma marches are nothing but attempts to thwart the government’s radical economic transformation agenda.
Dlamini-Zuma, an ANC presidential hopeful, accused opposition groups of frustrating tangible efforts aimed at transforming the lives of the people, despite government’s transformation measures.
She expressed how dumbfounded she was when she found out that employees at several financial institutions were released to join in the recent marches, saying people must realize that their opinion does not count when it comes to when and how to elect new leaders in the ANC.
Dlamini-Zuma was addressing the ANC cadre Assembly in the Free State, where the party’s national and provincial leaders met to discuss the current political developments in the country.
“We are not going to have presidents that are elected through the streets when we have a Constitution that says how we should elect. It’s the first time I hear of banks allowing people to go out onto the streets and close the banks. It’s clear that radical economic transformation is going to be opposed,” she said.
The former African leader also seized to opportunity to commend President Jacob Zuma’s recent reshuffle – especially in the finance sector.
Despite S&P’s and Fitch Ratings downgrading the country, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she’s positive newly-appointed Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba will put the country back on the right path.
She expressed sadness that till date, South Africa is the first country whose economy is run by the minority, with the majority not being part of the mainstream economy.
“That has to change… it’s not sustainable. We can’t sustain a situation where the majority of the people are not participating in the economy,” the presidential hopeful said.
Commenting on calls for a secret ballot to be allowed in the upcoming vote of no confidence in the President‚ she said a secret ballot would be an insult to ANC members in parliament.
“I would find that as an insult because as a public representative you are there to represent the electorate and you are there as an ANC MP to represent the ANC. Why do you want to hide from the ANC what you are doing in parliament‚” she asked.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma claimed that pupils in school are being to hate and disregard the ruling party because they are corrupt, adding that it’s up to the ANC to transform such teachings.
She also told the gathering that some universities‚ such as Wits‚ barred their students from calling South Africa a “democratic” country.
Earlier this year, Dlamini-Zuma’s candidacy was buttoned up by President Zuma, who maintained that the ANC and South Africa is ‘ready’ for a female president.
She is widely believed to be the favourite of the faction aligned to her ex-husband, President Jacob Zuma, to take over the ANC presidency at its elective conference in December
Trained as a doctor, Nkosazana, 67, isn’t green-horned in the political sphere. She was once South Africa’s health minister during the Mandela-led regime that rolled out in 1994.
After taking office in 1999, former President Thabo Mbeki crowned her South Africa’s foreign minister and she manned the post for a decade. Then in 1999, she was reassigned to the home affairs.
Her marriage to President Jacob Zuma hit the rock in 1998. The union produced four children.