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ANC KwaDukuza backs Dr Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma for president

"Land and economy belong to all South Africans" - Dlamini-Zuma

African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma emphasised that both land and the economy must be shared by all South Africans, during her campaign in Groutville yesterday (Thursday).

ANC members shouting words of encouragement to Dr Nkosazane Dlamini Zuma.

Recently returning from five years in Addis Ababa running the African Union (the first woman to lead the organisation) she has been across the country in hopes of gathering support for her aim to be the county’s first woman president.

“If we say South Africa belongs to all who live in it, that should include the land and economy,” said Dlamini-Zuma, while speaking at a women’s dialogue held at the Groutville Sports Ground.

She further encouraged women to start their own businesses so that employment opportunities could be created.

“For example, we live in a coastal area but we don’t even do fishing. We should have big companies that send fish around the country and the world coming from this area. Form a co-operation company and seek for funding from the government and don’t forget to support one another,” she said.

Dlamini-Zuma said the country cannot afford to produce a ‘labour nation’.

“As much as people need jobs they also need to create jobs for themselves.”

The ANC in the Greater KwaDukuza Region, including the women’s and youth leagues, promised to back her as their candidate to succeed Jacob Zuma as the next party president.

“She had done well in all the positions given to her in the past and she had been loyal to the ANC. We not saying she must be the next president because it is time for women to lead, but it because she is a great leader,” said regional chairperson Ricardo Mthembu.

The presidential hopeful is largely understood to be favoured by her ex-husband Jacob Zuma to succeed him both as president of the African National Congress (ANC) and as president of South Africa.

Who is Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma?

Dr Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma addresses the crowd at Groutville.
  • A senior member of the ANC
  • An anti-apartheid activist
  • She was exiled in 1971 and had to complete her medical training in the UK
  • She met her ex-husband Jacob Zuma with whom she has four children while working as a doctor in Swaziland
  • She was Zuma’s third wife, and divorced him in 1998 after 16 years of marriage
  • Positions in government she has held include:  Minister of Health in the cabinet of President Nelson Mandela; Minister of Foreign Affairs under both president Thabo Mbeki and interim president Kgalema Motlanthe and Minister of Home Affairs under her ex-husband Jacob Zuma
  • Chair of the African Union commission from 2012 to 2016



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