‘I Will Miss President Zuma’s Openness’ – Bathabile Dlamini


As the African National Congress (ANC) prepares to present President Jacob Zuma’s successor to South Africa and the world, ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) president, Bathabile Dlamini, says she will miss Zuma’s openness.

Answering questions from journalists on the sidelines of the ANC’s 54th elective conference at Nasrec, Johannesburg, where the party’s 54th national elective conference is going on, Bathabile said the outgoing president’s ability to accept his detractors without bearing any grudges makes him outstanding and the best president the ANC has produced.

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The controversial Minister also applauded President Zuma for fully understanding issues and challenges of the rural and working-class people. Asked what she will miss about the president’s administration, she replied:

“Being open, accepting everyone, not getting angry with the people who do not want to see him [lead], having a full understanding of rural and working classes.

Minister Bathabile also pointed out that Zuma is really a nice guy to work with, adding that as an ordianry man who is the president of the ANC, he was able to calm down at all times, even difficult times.”

Earlier, we reported that Dlamini urged South Africans to practice forgiveness when it comes to state capture, in the same way, they forgave apartheid. She made the startling call in an interview with News24 Politiki on Sunday.

Speaking on the role of the league in the battle over final delegate credentials, the minister used the medium to touch on some people (like Carl Niehaus and Free State chairperson Ace Magashule) implicated in the state capture saga.

She first accused South Africans of being hypocritical and then went ahead to ask for their forgiveness.

“South Africans, why are they not forgiving? They always want to label people. Why are they not saying, ‘let’s listen to Carl for a change and give him an opportunity to change’.

“There are people who have the licence to do as they please in the country, and we keep quiet about that, and there are people that we follow very closely and do not give them a chance to recover.

“If we were able to forgive apartheid, why is it difficult to forgive someone else, and ensure there is remedial action on some of the issues? 

The ANC Women’s League, under the leadership of Bathabile Dlamini formally supported Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s to be the party’s first woman president.

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The Social Development Minister, Zuma’s staunch supporter, is well known for appearing to ‘take orders’, no matter how dodgy, being willing to bend the country’s laws and being ready to ignore the Constitution entirely in order to execute these orders.