Dlamini-Zuma Her Own Woman

DR Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former African Union Chairperson, has hit out at critics who have associated her ascendency in politics to President Jacob Zuma, to whom she was married and divorced in 1998.


Here’s an interview she had with The Star. 

Former AU Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says she is her own woman and that when the ANC opens up the succession race, she will be ready to serve and will strive to unify the party, and eradicate factions and the cancer of corruption.
She is back home to work for the ANC in whatever capacity, but if asked to stand for president, she says she will not decline, because she has spent her entire life serving her party.

In her first interview since she returned from the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dlamini Zuma sent the clearest indication yet that she is ready to face her critics and run a good race – if nominated.

She is one of several candidates linked to the race to succeed Jacob Zuma as ANC president in December, and as the country’s leader in 2019.

Although she makes it clear she is not campaigning, as the party has put a lid on canvassing, Dlamini Zuma has been met with vicious campaigns by some of her opponents, who have used her former marriage to Zuma to discredit her, accusing her of using the so-called Premier League as her launch pad.

“I am my own woman and I have worked hard to be here,” she says in an exclusive interview with The Star on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban. “No amount of patriarchy will stop me from serving my people.”

Dlamini Zuma is particularly incensed by those claiming she has the backing of Zuma to ascend to the top, and that she is doing so to protect Zuma from prosecution when he leaves office. She hit back at those who want to link her political career to her former husband.

“I divorced him in 1998, when I was health minister, and long before he became president. He wasn’t even deputy president. He was an MEC in KwaZulu-Natal. I was already in government and had a career for myself.

“But people are quick to forget. I was never first lady of South Africa. And I have no aspirations to marry a president. I have kids with him, so it is inevitable that I will see him from time to time. When you are divorced, you don’t have to be enemies. But I am not his wife,” says Dlamini Zuma. “Even when we were in exile I hardly saw him; we lived together only in Lusaka.

“It’s mischievous people who use their patriarchy to smear my name. It’s worse when it comes from women and fellow comrades, who know I have my own track record in the ANC and in government. I am a doctor and one of the longest-serving cabinet ministers under former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Before Zuma became president.

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  1. Well, we are seeing detractors of Dlamini-Zuma through the mainstream media already in motion to assassinate and decimate her character by associating her with President Zuma whom they villify day in day out. This is simply to prop up Ramaphosa whom they now idolize as presidential material. But we know that they are doing all this because Ramaphosa is a capitalist who will best serve their interests which are to strengthen their grip on and control of the economy.

    If white media likes someone they recreate their character and sell them as acceptable and of high integrity. And if they see you as a threat to their interests they will present you as someone bad and not worth the seat of President. This is actually at play here. Cyril is now acceptable and a true leader. Forget about Marikana, it wasnt his fault and he has apologized after all. Nkosazana is bad and is a Zuma. She is there to protect the President and Guptas, we will be told. People must be aware of these white machinations.

    With Cyril at Union Buildings l forsee the perpetuation of poverty, unemployment and inequality. These are not friends of capitalism.

  2. All the Propagandist & Critics of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, need to find something more credible to discredit her fitness to take on the reign of leadership should the majority of our people decide to nominate her.

    The time has come for the Anc to practice what they preach, in terms of equality.

    The time has come where the Women of this country with strong leadership qualities can take our liberation movement to the next level. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is one of those women who understands the struggle of black people in this country. She also has the experience. Hence fit and proper to contest the leadership should she be nominated.

    Her being ex wife of the President is irrelevant as she remains her own individual.

    The President does not need her or anybody to protect him from any possible pending charges, he’s very capable of fighting his own battles, he’s demonstrated this through out his tenure.

    If the President supports her in her running in the succession race it simply means he sees the capability she has in the same manner as most of us do.

    At the end, its the people votes that will place her in the leadership whether from the Premier league provinces, that’s irrelevant.
    Am one of the many men in this country that believe the time for Women leadership is long overdue. Am also one of those that believe that Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is very capable of bringing unity to our divided liberation movement and take us forward to the second phase of our Democracy without fear or favor.

    I have my reservation about those that attempt to enter the succession race using State Capture a subject they have no knowledge therein, because when we started fighting against real state capture with the blessing of the President as early as 2010, they were very confused with the needs of the poor people of this country, but focus on self enrichments running with the Oppressors to Auctions to buy “BUFFALO BULLS” for R18 Million, and proclaiming it to be good investment.

    Investment for whom? This country needs investments that create jobs! Buffalo don’t create jobs in fact they are dangerous animals that kill people,which reminds me of people dying at Marikana trying to fight for a living wage, which that R18million would have covered. EISH….

  3. The attacks on Cde Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are fueled by both a combination of backward chauvinistic and patriarchal attitudes , and an outright lack of understanding of progressive gender issues . Cde Dlamini-Zuma is a leader and an intellectual in her own right . She also presents a brilliant struggle-era biography which cannot be matched by many of her detractors.
    The double-standards of her detractors ( some of whom are wolves dressed in sheep skin and are deeply embedded in our organisation , the ANC ) leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. When the former First Lady of the USA , Hillary Clinton , stood for nomination to represent the Democrats in the 2016 presidential race , and when she ran against then Senator Barack Obama , no one ever raised her marriage to former president Bill Clinton as an issue . Instead all and sundry wrote and spoke of her role and career as a Secretary of State. Not so in the case of Dlamini-Zuma. After all , or so the arguement goes,Dlamini-Zuma does not qualify simply because she bears the Zuma surname and is an African woman from rural KwaZulu-Natal.

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