Dlamini-Zuma warns of economic inequality

2017-05-24 06:03
PHOTO: NOKUTHULA KHANYILEDr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the Golden Horse gala dinner.

PHOTO: NOKUTHULA KHANYILEDr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the Golden Horse gala dinner.

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FORMER African Union (AU) chairperson and presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma sent a strong message to ANC members in government saying economic inequality must be addressed urgently.

Dlamini-Zuma was addressing the Pietermaritzburg business community at a gala dinner organised by Msunduzi Municipality last Thursday on challenges facing the country under the theme, “Doing business in Africa”.

She challenged South Africans to take charge of the economy and to develop the skills of young people in sectors like science and technology.

“We need to deal with this paradox in which Africa is rich, yet Africans are poor. We are one of the few continents that continue to have a growing population and we must use our rich minerals to fight the scourge of poverty.

“While colonisers left other African countries, they remained here. And if we are not united as the ANC and as society, we will not be able to radically transform our economy,” she said.

She cited land as one of the natural resources that needed to be returned to Africans for the transformation of the economy.

“We are the ones with a growing population and we need to use land for agricultural purposes to be self-sufficient so we can feed ourselves and the rest of the world.

“We need to start looking at agriculture as a business in South Africa. It is important that when you have the land back you do not sell it, instead lease it so when you need it, it will be available,” she warned.

Dlamini-Zuma also called on ANC supporters to protect and defend their leaders and not be intimidated by opposition.

“Ministers that deal with particular issues become targets, you as supporters must protect them. We can’t be told by the opposition what to do, who do they represent? We can’t be told by De Klerk what to do. No, never.

“If opposition opposes it that doesn’t mean you must follow. Since 1994 they have been opposing health policies, workers rights and labour laws. Of late when they oppose we rush for cover, why? They are doing their job. We must also do ours without fear or favour.”

Delivering a message of support, the KZN ANC Women’s League’s Lungile Gabela said they wanted a woman to succeed President Jacob Zuma.

“As the ANC Women’s League in KZN we are clear on how we will vote in the elective conference. It is time for the organisation to be led by a woman, we have shown we are also capable of taking this party forward. The male comrades must step aside and give a woman a chance to lead,” she said.

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