I don’t like being called Zuma’s ex, Nkosazana

She says it doesn’t really entice her that all of a sudden she’s labelled ‘Zuma’s ex-wife’.


ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not happy being called ‘Zuma’s ex-wife’.

She said it doesn’t really impress her that all of sudden there are people who emphasise the fact that she is the ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma more than anything else.

Dlamini-Zuma was speaking during an interview with the SABC’s Dumisani Ndimande on Tuesday evening.

The hour-long interview was aired on SABC radio stations Ukhozi, Umhlobo Wenene, Ligwalagwala and Ikwekwezi FM.

She told listeners who called in to ask questions that she had not been nominated by Zuma but by the ANCWL, ANCYL and MKMVA.

“This thing of people emphasising that I’m an ex I don’t like it,” she said.

“This is something new,” she said.

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She said when she joined the revolution she did it herself up until she became vice president of the South African Student Organisation in the 1970s.



She said she had served as health minister under the late President Nelson Mandela and was also appointed foreign minister when Thabo Mbeki took the reigns as South Africa’s second democratically elected president in 1999.

She and Zuma divorced in 1998. She says she’s shocked now that people remember she’s Zuma’s ex whereas all these years they were not asking this question when she served in positions of power.

She served as home affairs minister when Zuma took over in 2009 before being appointed the chairwoman of the African Union in Addis Ababa in 2012.

She told listeners that the only way to restore confidence in the ANC government is making sure there’s no corruption and that people knew how government spent public money.

“There has to be whistleblowers, investigations and the corrupt person be dealt with accordingly,” she said on radio.

Dlamini-Zuma said she believes the recommendations made by ex-public protector Thuli Madonsela in her State of Capture report that allegations of state capture against the Gupta family be investigated by a judicial commission are correct.

(edited by ZK)

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