ANC national executive committee member (NEC) and Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu says she will vote for former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the ANC this weekend at the governing party’s national elective conference.
Speaking to Talk Radio 702 on Wednesday morning, Zulu said she did not want to be found on the wrong side of history for women.
“The fact of the matter is that I will not be found on the wrong side of history for women. We struggled to have this [a female president] for a very long time. We have been calling for this forever, and it’s beyond just talking about Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,” she said.
Zulu said the election of Dlamini-Zuma as the ANC’s first female president would be historic for the party.
“It’s about seeing something happening for the first time. Just like everything else has been happening for the first time for women in many aspects, I have to be found on the right side of history. I have worked with her for a very long time, and I know exactly what kind of person she is.”
Asked whether she believed Free State Premier and ANC provincial chairperson Ace Magashule would make a good secretary-general for the ANC, Zulu said he would. Magashule has been nominated for the ANC’s secretary-general position on Dlamini-Zuma’s slate.
“He will be a good secretary-general, but that will be decided obviously by the votes. Right now I’m talking about the president because I know that once we have that woman [Dlamini-Zuma] there, everything else will fall in place,” Zulu said.
The long-time leader was re-elected on Monday unopposed as the provincial chairman during the Free State ANC’s controversial elective conference.