Dlamini Zuma ad­dresses Tasa

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Politics - RE­FILWE MA­GASHULE news@the­newage.co.za

UN­LESS there’s a dras­tic change in the eco­nomic sta­tus quo, South Africa faces a bleak fu­ture of in­sta­bil­ity and vi­o­lence that might even turn into a de­struc­tive rev­o­lu­tion.

ANC pres­i­den­tial hope­ful and mem­ber of par­lia­ment Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma sounded the warn­ing yes­ter­day as she con­tin­ued her cross­coun­try ad­vo­cacy for rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion (RET) at the mainly women-led Truck­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa (Tasa) con­fer­ence.

“The sta­tus quo is no longer an op­tion. That is why the ANC de­cided on RET five years ago. The ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple in this coun­try are not part of the main­stream econ­omy,” she said.

Dlamini Zuma, who has em­barked on an in­tense pres­i­den­tial cam­paign ahead of the ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber, was joined at the con­fer­ence by her team that in­cludes Carl Niehaus and Febe Pot­gi­eter-Gqubele.

Tasa, a newly-formed as­so­ci­a­tion, has cho­sen Dlamini Zuma as its pre­ferred can­di­date to be the first woman pres­i­dent of the ANC.

Dlamini Zuma’s ad­dress tied in with the con­fer­ence theme of rad­i­cally transforming the road freight sec­tor in South Africa.

Tasa pres­i­dent Mary Phadi said: “We can­not con­tinue be­ing beg­gars in an in­dus­try that is mo­nop­o­lised. We can­not al­low this to con­tinue. Tasa and gov­ern­ment has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to level the play­ing fields.”

Dlamini Zuma said peo­ple should not be threat­ened by RET. She said it was to ev­ery­one’s ad­van­tage in South Africa to em­brace it.

“This would make the coun­try peaceful, stable and pros­per­ous,” Dlamini Zuma said.

Her speech was punc­tu­ated by loud cheers from del­e­gates who also sang songs pro­claim­ing their readi­ness to al­le­vi­ate poverty.

Dlamini Zuma said po­lit­i­cal free­dom will not be sus­tained with­out eco­nomic free­dom. She also praised or­gan­i­sa­tions like Tasa which pro­mote a women’s agenda, say­ing that women were the driv­ing force of not only the econ­omy but so­ci­ety at large.

Dlamini Zuma is set to ad­dress the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and the Zion Chris­tian Church in Sekhukhune, Lim­popo on Sun­day.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

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