The ANC Freedom Charter Lecture held on Saturday, July 15 at the Mayibuye Multi Purpose Centre in Kimberley. The event was organised by members of the ruling party in Frances Based Region.
It was attended by members of the ANC Women League, ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini, her deputy Ntombela Sefora Hixsonia, former minister of energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson, former premier Hazel Jenkins and presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Here’s What You Need To Know
Some ANC members In The Area Did Not Attend The Event
BuzzSouthAfrica was informed that the Freedom Charter lecture was organized at the same time that an OR Tambo games and lecture was taking place elsewhere in the city.
The OR Tambo games and lecture was organised by some ANC members in Frances Baard. This group is made up of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s supporters. They want him to succeed President Jacob Zuma, not Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – who was a guest speaker at the Freedom Charter Lecture.
Dlamini-Zuma’s High-Level Security Protection At The Event Has Raised Eyebrows
The high-level security provided to presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini over the weekend has earned her backlashes from her critics.
But the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has come out to defend reasons why she was heavily protected. Although Dlamini-Zuma is no longer an MKMVA member or a government official, the MK Vets said the organization decided to protect her because they’ve endorsed her as their preferred presidential candidate.
Other people entitled to such protection are the association’s president, spokesperson, and officials.
When Dlamini-Zuma arrived for the ANC Freedom Charter Lecture she was heavily surrounded by a strong contingent of VIP protectors and an army of MKMVA soldiers, who formed a human shield around her.
The SACP Was Heavily Criticised At The Event For Preferring Cyril Ramaphosa To Nkosazana
ANC Women’s League president and Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, during the ANC Freedom Charter Lecture, bashed the ANC ally for finding Ramaphosa fit to replace Zuma.
She described the former AU Chairperson as a hard worker and a ‘tried and tested’ leader, capable of championing gender equality and women’s emancipation.
Bathabile Dlamini added:
“Today they say Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is no longer a leader and that if she is appointed it would amount to re-appointing Jacob Zuma. They are showing high levels of patriarchy and strong reactionary tendencies.
Dlamini Zuma has a golden hand, she brings about change wherever she goes. If she is voted in, it will be the first time in the 105-year history of the ANC that it is led by a woman president.
“The time has come for the ANC to be led by a woman who was part of the struggle. Women are considered good enough to manage their homes and yet they are not regarded as good enough to lead their own country. We have chosen the best among the best. Dlamini Zuma is a hard worker.”
Dlamini-Zuma Wants The Tripartite Alliance Preserved
The presidential hopeful was apparently unhappy with SACP’s decision to contest future and she didn’t hide this fact while speaking at the event.
She reminded the communist party that its decision to walk away from the alliance will ruin the ANC alive and future generations, adding that the decision will see the Democratic Alliance (DA) taking over leadership power.
“We cannot afford to destroy this organization. The leader of the alliance must make sure that every member of the alliance is strong, whether it is the SACP or Cosatu. We cannot walk away from the alliance but must unite in order to keep the ANC alive for future generations.
What will the country be without the ANC? If there is no ANC, the DA will take us back and we cannot allow that we must defend the ANC.”
She Also Called For The Acceleration Of Land Distribution And Nationalisation Of The Reserve Bank
Dlamini-Zuma told participants at the event that the best way to return the land is to do it within the ambit of the law. The state owns 14 percent of the land while 79 percent of the land is owned privately, she also disclosed.
Moving on, she said the SA Reserve Bank needs to be nationalised. She also lamented that after 20 years of democracy, only a small percentage of black-owned businesses are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
The ANC Freedom Charter Lecture had a majority supporters of Dlamini-Zuma’s supporters in attendance. Most of them were bused in from Warrenton, Barkly West, and the Phokwane municipal district and surrounding areas.
T-shirts bearing ANC emblem and the words ‘NDZ Madam President’ also shared at the ANC Freedom Charter Lecture.