Entrepreneur and community leader Nhlanhla “Lux” Dlamini has distanced himself from having political or family ties with former president Kgalema Motlanthe, saying that his only priority is to protect Soweto’s residents and its economy.
Dlamini believes there is an attempt to smear his name and portray him as someone who is trying to endorse a faction within the ANC.
“Now politicians are feeling the pressure because, since 1994, there have been no structures to hold politicians accountable. They are corrupt and are looting money. Now, because there are young people who have a voice stronger than politicians, there is an issue. Because I lead the young people, they are making me the target,” said Dlamini.
“I heard reports about me joining the ANC and derailing [former president Jacob Zuma’s son] Duduzane Zuma’s political ambitions of becoming a president. I do not care about those things. I do not care who comes into political power. Whoever is in power needs to know that they will be challenged by us, especially in Soweto, whether it is the EFF, ANC, DA or [ActionSA leader] Herman Mashaba.”
Speculation about Dlamini’s political ambitions started making the rounds on social media after he was recorded in a video clip preventing people from looting Maponya Mall when rioting plagued parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal two weeks ago.
Protests that followed Zuma’s arrest for contempt of court after failing to appear at the Zondo commission widened into looting and vandalism of shopping malls in both provinces, and led to the deaths of more than 300 people and damage worth millions of rands.
Speaking to City Press, Dlamini explained that he was photographed with Motlanthe on a few occasions because of their mutual interest in serving the Meadowlands community.
“I am from Meadowlands and the former president comes from there. Because government was launching a maths and science programme at a school in Giyani in 2017, [I was invited] to attend the event based on the community work I do in Soweto.
“I was speaking at the opening and I was part of the delegation. I took a picture in the plane and posted it on my social media because it was not a secret. Now it is said that I am Kgalema’s son. There is another picture where we are having dinner because the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation had a golf day, and this was benefiting young black golfers in Soweto,” he said.
Dlamini is also a pilot and the leader of the Soweto Parliament, an organisation that works on uplifting Soweto residents and holding politicians accountable for any failures within the township.
“I was born and raised in Soweto, and I am still living here. We [Soweto Parliament] are a non-political organisation and we do not care for politics at all. What we do as the Soweto Parliament is hold politicians accountable,” he said.
Dlamini explained that the fights between “old people” were spilling into the townships, adding that government had failed to quell the violence that took place.
“They [government] are worried that we were able to do what law enforcement failed to do, which is stop the looters. There are thousands of people who have lost their jobs, so why must we sit back and be scared to take action? To hell with that.
“We are not going to watch our women and children live in a burning township. We will protect Soweto until our death,” he said.