ANC will not achieve its goals if it's not united – Dlamini-Zuma

2017-10-14 18:29
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (Siyanda Mayeza, Gallo Images, City Press)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (Siyanda Mayeza, Gallo Images, City Press)

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Johannesburg – As members of the ANC contest for the top position, they must do so in a manner that preserves the values of the party, ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Saturday.

"As a democratic movement, we contest for positions and leadership, but we must do so in a manner that preserves the core mission and values of our movement," said Dlamini-Zuma, who was addressing a cadres forum at the Chachulani Hall in Giyani, Limpopo.

She said women and the youth should be empowered in South Africa.

"For youth, it means education and skills, as well as economic opportunities... Similarly, the empowerment of women means access to education, to assets and to economic opportunities."

She said the two groups, along with the broader population, stand to directly gain from radical transformation.

"Limpopo, as a province, has its mineral resources. It has its land and agricultural sector, tourism, as well as the cultural sectors, among others.

"We must look at these sectors and all other subsectors like logistics, agro-processing, manufacturing and value addition, as well as infrastructure development so that we transform the structure, ownership, management and control of the economy."

'Land is so critical'

Dlamini-Zuma said agriculture and agro-processing could play an important role in growing the economy and creating jobs.

"This is why the issue of land is so critical, coupled with access to capital, inputs and extension services. We must encourage more of our young people to see agriculture as careers, and also ensure that our school curriculum includes agriculture.

"We must implement these strategies at provincial levels, but also ensure that we bring these strategies down to district, municipal, as well as town and village levels."

She said the country would not achieve these goals if the ANC was not focused and united.

"Oliver Tambo embodied the kind of leader and cadre that the ANC requires, even today, service, humility, dedication, commitment and focus, and an unflinching love for our people.

"This is what is required to restore the integrity and unity of the ANC, its link with the people and as the leader of transformation of our country," said Dlamini-Zuma.

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