‘A strong, united ANC can de­feat re­sis­tance to RET’

How­ever, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma be­lieves there must be unity of pur­pose

African Times - - Politics - AKANI MANGENA AND PIET RAMPEDI

PRES­I­DEN­TIAL hope­ful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says a strong and united ANC is needed to push through rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion and de­feat pow­er­ful forces that are re­sist­ing it.

She warns, how­ever, that it must be unity of pur­pose with clear agree­ments on what needs to be done rather than unity which is in a vac­uum.

Dlamini-Zuma was ad­dress­ing thou­sands of ANC sup­port­ers dur­ing her cam­paign trail in Mopani and Sekhukhune dis­tricts, Lim­popo at the week­end.

Flanked by se­nior ANC lead­ers in­clud­ing ANC Womens League Pres­i­dent Batha­bile Dlamini; sec­re­tary gen­eral Meokgo Matuba; ANC Youth League leader Collen Maine; Trans­port Min­is­ter Joe Maswan­ganyi; Pub­lic Ad­min­stra­tion Min­is­ter Faith Muthambi and Lim­popo Coghsta MEC Makoma Makhu­ru­petje, among oth­ers, Dlamini-Zuma vis­ited Tza­neen and Giyani in Mopani be­fore pro­ceed­ing to ad­dress the Khoshi­gadi Madinoge Kgoloko Me­mo­rial Lec­ture in Jane Furse on Sun­day.

She ral­lied ANC mem­bers be­hind the pol­icy of rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, called for land re­dis­tri­bu­tion, preached for unity in the ANC and high­lighted the role of women in the strug­gle against op­pres­sion and pa­tri­archy.

In Giyani on Satur­day, DlaminiZuma met lo­cal chiefs and re­li­gious lead­ers be­fore ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing at the Oa­sis Ho­tel. She told the crowd that packed the venue that rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion meant that the struc­ture of the econ­omy, own­er­ship pat­terns and con­trol must be changed.

It was also im­por­tant that the coun­try ben­e­fi­ci­ated, in­dus­tri­alised and im­proved in­fra­struc­ture to drive the econ­omy and cre­ate jobs, she added.

“And this we can do if we have a strong ANC, a united ANC, be­cause there will be re­sis­tance. We must not think that it will be easy,” DlaminiZuma said.

“We have al­ready seen [that] this re­sis­tance has started. But if we are united; we are strong; we can re­sist; we can move this coun­try to pros­per­ity. So, com­rades, the strug­gle con­tin­ues.”

In­sist­ing that it was a “big mis­take” to think that the strug­gle ended in 1994, Dlamini-Zuma said that “the dif­fi­cult strug­gle” was only go­ing to start now.

She said it was un­ac­cept­able that very lit­tle has changed re­gard­ing land own­er­ship pat­terns.

“Here in Lim­popo, you have very fer­tile land, which means if we mod­ernise agri­cul­ture and also process what we pro­duce, we can cre­ate a lot of jobs, get a lot of rev­enue. In ad­di­tion, parts of Lim­popo are very rich in min­er­als, but those min­er­als are not work­ing to the ben­e­fit of our peo­ple at the mo­ment,” she added to loud cheers from the crowd.

In Jane Furse, Dlamini-Zuma vis­ited the Kgoloko fam­ily, laid a wreath at her grave be­fore de­liv­er­ing a lec­ture at the Moreko High School.

Pick­ing up from where she left off in Giyani, the ANC MP re­it­er­ated her call for her sup­port­ers to run a clean and pos­i­tive cam­paign.

Dlamini-Zuma sin­gled out lead­ers of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), say­ing she agreed with Batha­bile Dlamini that while young lions were known for be­ing rad­i­cal, it was im­por­tant for them to fo­cus on the strength of their can­di­dates than the weak­nesses of their po­lit­i­cal ri­vals.

“If you want to elect some­one, just lobby for them. Say the good things that they do, their strength but the ones you don’t want to elect, just leave alone,” she said.

Dlamini-Zuma said there must be unity of pur­pose in the ANC.

“Unity can­not be in a vac­uum. We must have unity of pur­pose. We need to agree that this is what needs to hap­pen. Let’s unite, and let is hap­pen,” she added.

The ANCYL has tar­geted Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, DlaminiZuma’s main ri­val for the ANC pres­i­dency, for ver­bal abuse in re­cent months.

They la­belled him a stooge for white monopoly cap­i­tal. Ramaphosa, in turn, ac­cused some ANCYL lead­ers of be­ing stupid.

Maine and Dlamini used the Sekhukhune rally to re­spond to Ramaphosa’s re­cent state­ment where he ques­tioned the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties of some ANCYL lead­ers.

“When peo­ple call us stupid, don’t re­spond to them. Leave them be­cause the re­al­ity is start­ing to sink in that Nkosazana will be­come the first woman pres­i­dent of the ANC,” Maine said.

“You can call us names but we will not change. It’s Nkosazana or noth­ing. She is the only one who will help us, give us free ed­u­ca­tion and jobs.”

Maine said the “only hope” for the ANC were Dlamini-Zuma; Mpumalanga Premier David “DD” Mabuza; his Free State coun­ter­part Ace Ma­gashule; In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Min­is­ter Maite NkoanaMasha­bane; ANC deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral Jessie Duarte and Gaut­eng ANC chair­per­son Paul Mashatile.

Dlamini said they were not de­terred by the no­tion that Sekhukhune was a no-go area for Dlamini-Zuma.

The ANCWL pres­i­dent main­tained that Lim­popo was for ev­ery­one and they were in the prov­ince to cure the trib­al­ism dis­ease that has been spread­ing re­cently.

“We are not go­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate the pro­nounce­ment of peo­ple who say, young peo­ple are fool­ish be­cause next time, the whole na­tion will be stupid,” she said.

ON THE CAM­PAIGN TRAIL: It was a“big mis­take”to think that the strug­gle ended in 1994, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in Lim­popo last week­end. The dif­fi­cult strug­gle was only go­ing to start now.

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