'Dlamini-Zuma won't help ANC in 2019'

2016-08-25 10:43
 Mcebo Dlamini (File, City Press)

Mcebo Dlamini (File, City Press)

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Johannesburg – Replacing President Jacob Zuma with his former spouse Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will not help the ANC in the 2019 general elections, former Wits University SRC president Mcebo Dlamini said on Wednesday.

He added his voice to calls for the ANC to hold a special elective conference to choose new leaders.

In an interview on “Tonight with Tim Modise” on Soweto TV, aired on Wednesday night, he said he supported calls for change in the ruling party’s leadership.

While he believed Zuma’s time in the ANC was at an end, he did not agree with calls for the president’s former spouse and African Union chairperson to take over from him.

“Who are we replacing him with? If we are removing him because of corruption, the Guptas and everything South Africans have raised, then we are saying that corruption is continuing.”

‘They are the same’

In his view, there was no difference between the two.

“You are replacing me with me. My wife and I are one. My girlfriend and I are one,” he reasoned.

He was sacked as SRC president last year after he expressed admiration for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. He said he loved his charisma and organisational skills.

The ruling party had said it would introspect after its dismal results during the August 3 municipal elections. It lost control of the Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay metros.

The ANC Youth League called for an early elective conference, saying the party’s national executive committee needed to be held to account.

Dlamini was not against a female ANC president but refused to pin all his hopes on one person.

“Open it up for comrade Naledi Pandor, Thandi Modise, open it for [Geraldine] Fraser-Moleketi. We have a number of capable women in the ANC.”

He had little faith in ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. He said he was too unassertive.

“We are saying he must man up as a deputy president. He has not inspired any of us. He is too quiet. Young people need leadership. South Africa needs leadership,” said Dlamini.

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