“WE ARE READY FOR DR NKOSAZANE” – ANC KZN
Written by: Thabiso Goba
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede headlined the list of speakers at the African National Congress’ Cadres Forum held at the Durban Ice Rink.
The forum was used mainly to rally support for Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma’s presidential bid. Speaking in her capacity as chairperson of the ANC’s eThekwini region, Gumede criticized those who seek to undermine Dlamini-Zuma’s bid because of her previous ties to the president.
“When women were leading the struggle back then, no one asked us who our husbands or boyfriends were,” said Dlamini-Zuma.
Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane who also serves on the ANC’s National Executive Committee, argued that the country is ready for women leadership.
“Give Nkosazane Dlamimi-Zuma a chance, women are equal to the task. We (women) don’t want to be just equal to men, we want to be above,” Mokonyane said. “Of all the people running, only Nkosazane has not criticised the ANC. Some people say money is being stolen from the ANC while they are deputy presidents.”
She further went on to say that the enemy of radical economic transformation is minority capital, which is defined as white and male. Nontombeko Boyce, a member of the ANC Women’s League Provincial Executive Committee, raised that the fight for economic transformation has overshadowed the gender struggle.
“When do we start fighting for a non-sexist ANC because now it seems we (women) are always having to take out logbooks of our sexual history,” she said.
Boyce offered words of encouragement for Duduzile Myeni, chairperson of South African Airways, who she says has been unfairly vilified for exposing the rot at SAA partly because she is a woman.
“Myeni was accused of having sexual relations with her intermediaries, where was the women and men that are upright in the ANC?”
There was also talk of the 2015 ANC KZN Provincial Election Conference that has been declared null and void by the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Gumede announced that the branch would be appealing the decision.
*Caption: Zandile Gumede addressing the media.