May 28, 2017

ANC members must stop glorifying guns‚ says Dlamini-Zuma

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Stop worshipping guns… Presidential hopeful, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, asked supporters to sing songs that do not glorify guns.

Stop worshipping guns… Presidential hopeful, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, asked supporters to sing songs that do not glorify guns.

Dlamini-Zuma recalled how the party had gone to pay its respects at the house of a slain ANC member in Pietermaritzburg when supporters began singing this song

Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma wants ANC members to stop singing songs with “talk about guns”.

She was speaking while on the campaign trail in Nquthu in northern KwaZulu-Natal ahead of a crucial by-election next week.

“There are songs we sing that I don’t understand. Let us do away with those songs that talk about guns. We can’t‚ when we campaign‚ start singing songs like ‘isibhamu sisho kamnandi’ (the gun sounds nice). How can a gun sound nice when comrades have been killed?” she said.

Dlamini-Zuma recalled how the party had gone to pay its respects at the house of a slain ANC member in Pietermaritzburg when supporters began singing this song.
“I know these songs were nice during the struggle. In Maritzburg‚ when we went to see the families of slain comrades‚ we started to sing this song. I even said to myself‚ ‘What are the families of comrades killed saying when we come singing that the gun sounds nice?’ Let us be sensitive and not sing those songs‚“ she said.

The former AU Commission chairwoman said there were so many songs to sing that do not glorify guns.
Sticking with this theme during an address at a Cadres Forum at the AV Makhoba Hall‚ Dlamini-Zuma also lashed out at ANC members who use violence and kill their comrades over positions.

“In this province‚ especially‚ where does this come from? And why‚ when it is done‚ no one is arrested‚ even when women are fair game and they are killed? No‚ comrades‚ councillorship is a responsibility given to you by the ANC‚“ she said.

“It’s important‚ comrades‚ that we don’t kill each other for positions‚“ she said.

Dlamini-Zuma said councillors only stay for five years‚ and would only be redeployed when they did well.

Breaking away from this theme‚ she repeated her campaign mantra that the ANC was advocating for radical economic transformation to better black people’s lives.

She said land should be used as surety to better black people’s financial circumstances‚ which is why it needed to be urgently addressed.

Meanwhile, Dlamini-Zuma recently questioned why the ANC cowered when their rivals challenged them.

“Opposition is there to oppose‚ by definition. I don’t know why we get worried when they do. It doesn’t mean you must follow it. Since 1994 they have been opposing‚ but of late when the opposition opposes‚ we rush for cover. Why?” said Dlamini-Zuma.

Former president FW de Klerk‚ who recently co-founded the National Foundations Dialogue Initiative with former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe‚ was also on the receiving end of Dlamini-Zuma’s criticism.

“We cannot be told by the opposition what to do. We cannot be told by De Klerk what to do. Never‚ never. Who do they represent?” she asked.

She challenged South Africans to take charge of the economy‚ asking‚ “How radical can we be if we do not command our economy?”

“We need to be equal everywhere‚ not just voting‚ but also in the economy … while colonisers left other African countries‚ they remained here. So if we are not united as the ANC‚ as society‚ we will not to be able to do it. They will come between us and bash us‚ one way or another‚ but we must keep moving‚” she said.

Dlamini-Zuma said while Africa was rich in minerals‚ Africans were poor. She said mining companies came and extracted from the bowels of the earth and left Africans poor. She stressed that renewable energy was an untapped resource‚ saying Africans should explore it and move away from fossil fuels.

Dlamini-Zuma called for the establishment of more banks and the return of land to radically transform the economy and benefit those still gripped in the stranglehold of poverty and inequality. – Timeslive

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