Bapo Ba Mogale royal house endorses Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

2017-08-22 16:56
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma places a wreath on the grave of the late Kgosi Bob Edward Mogale. (Lerato Sejake, News24)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma places a wreath on the grave of the late Kgosi Bob Edward Mogale. (Lerato Sejake, News24)

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Marikana - The royal house of Bapo Ba Mogale in the North West has backed ANC NEC member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's presidential ambitions on Tuesday.

CEO of Bapo Ba Mogale Investments Lehlohonolo Nthontho said they backed her policies on radical economic transformation.

"Therefore, comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and her endeavours to be the future president are endorsed," Nthontho announced.

Dlamini-Zuma paid a courtesy visit to the royal house, situated in the mining rich platinum belt in the province.

Nthontho said, for years, the community had suffered under what he referred to as "comrades aligned to white monopoly capital".

It is time for radical economic transformation to be implemented, Nthontho said. He also lamented that mining houses have not been "serious" about traditional royal houses despite mining on land belonging to the community. He singled out mining giant Lonmin.

"Therefore, we shall also begin our own war to ensure that the mining companies, especially Lonmin which mines 95% of our assets on (our) land. They must start taking us serious and start implementing radical economic transformation," Nthontho said.

Also read: Dlamini-Zuma chased from Marikana koppie

Dlamini-Zuma is on a week long presidential campaign in the province.

She was accompanied by ANC Women's League secretary general Meokgo Matuba and provincial league leaders.

She was expected to lay a wreath at the koppie next to where 34 miners were shot dead by police during a strike action by Lonmin mineworkers, but was prevented from doing so.

Read more here.

More than 40 minibus taxis, filled to capacity with mostly women dressed in yellow T-shirts, printed with the words "NDZ for President", made their way to the royal house from Brits.

Many of them told News 24 they are desperate for jobs because most mines hired men. Dlamini-Zuma said 23 years after democracy, the ANC still has to deliver on economic freedom with a majority of the poor being women.

"[The] economy has to be radically transformed so that all of us can participate in the economy. The majority still does not have land," she said.

She said South Africans must also benefit from the minerals.

"We cannot continue to have a rich South Africa and poor South Africans," she said.

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