Dlamini Zuma chooses ban­quet over prayer ser­vice

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ANC PRES­I­DEN­TIAL hope­ful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s cam­paign ap­peared to dither in Lim­popo last week af­ter she snubbed a prayer ser­vice in the Vhembe district and opted for a ban­quet in Mopani in­stead.

This fol­lows the re­cent col­lapse of the Vhembe re­gional con­fer­ence af­ter fac­tions loyal to Dlamini Zuma and those sup­port­ing her pres­i­den­tial op­po­nent Cyril Ramaphosa clashed be­cause they couldn’t agree on cre­den­tials.

The Vhembe prayer ser­vice in the Njhakan­jhaka Com­mu­nity Hall in Hlan­ganani on Wed­nes­day against the killing of women and chil­dren in the re­gion was sup­posed to be led by Dlamini Zuma but was in­stead led by the ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber de­ployed in Lim­popo, Dotty Tlabyawe.

Tlabyawe did not say why Dlamini Zuma had snubbed the prayer ser­vice, only that Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion Maite Nkoana-Masha­bane, who is also the ANC Women’s League trea­surer, had also not at­tended the ser­vice.

Ad­dress­ing hun­dreds of ANC sup­port­ers at a rally in Polok­wane on Fri­day, Dlamini Zuma ac­cepted the en­dorse­ments from both leagues, thank­ing them for show­ing confidence in her.

“I feel hon­oured and very hum­bled, and of course the great part of my life has been of ser­vice to the peo­ple of South Africa and the ANC, so there is no way I can refuse the re­spon­si­bil­ity given by the ANC.

“But of course you have to work to­wards it,” she said, al­lud­ing to the ANC’s women and youth leagues to help her gain the party’s pres­i­dency.

Dlamini Zuma re­it­er­ated her view that the econ­omy re­mained largely un­trans­formed and urged the ANCYL to rekin­dle the spirit of its late for­mer pres­i­dent Peter Mok­aba to fight for a more in­clu­sive econ­omy.

On Wed­nes­day, Dlamini Zuma re­ceived a boost when one of the lo­cal tra­di­tional lead­ers gave her the thumbs-up for the pres­i­den­tial po­si­tion.

At a ban­quet held at the Karibu Lodge near Tza­neen, Vat­songa Machangani Royal Unity chair­per­son Hosi Phylia N’wamintwa en­dorsed her, as­sert­ing: “As Vat­songa Machangani royal lead­ers, we are be­hind Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to be the next ANC pres­i­dent.

“I think you will make a good fe­male pres­i­dent. I know peo­ple will crit­i­cise you like they’re do­ing to me that I’m a fe­male chief. But you must be strong.”

Last week, the re­gional con­fer­ence in Vhembe, which could re­veal the re­gion’s pre­ferred pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, col­lapsed amid ruc­tions over del­e­gate cre­den­tials.

Ac­cord­ing to ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Nocks Se­abi, the re­gional con­fer­ence con­sists of 90% branch del­e­gates and 10% from the re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (REC) mem­bers.

But Ramaphosa’s fac­tion wanted the REC mem­bers not to vote, while Dlamini Zuma’s fac­tion wanted all 26 REC mem­bers to vote.

The dis­agree­ments forced the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) mem­bers to col­lapse the con­fer­ence.

“The con­sti­tu­tion of the ANC states that the con­fer­ence is made up of 10% REC mem­bers and 90% from the branch del­e­gates, which caused the PEC to col­lapse the con­fer­ence as there were dis­agree­ments be­tween the REC mem­bers who don’t see eye to eye,” Se­abi pointed out.

AC­CEPTS NOM­I­NA­TION: Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in Lim­popo last week.

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