“NDZ won’t be afraid to speak her mind” 

She said the presidential candidate will speak for the rights of the poor to be allowed access to SA’s economy.

ANC contender Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is painted by Jessie Duarte as that leader with the capabilities to bring economic freedom to the marginalised and excluded.

Duarte, who is expected to be re-elected for the position of ANC deputy secretary in December, said they always needed that leader who will “unlock the potential that South Africa has”.

“We need a leader who will say to the rich mining industries ‘you are here, you are South Africans, you are billionaires today because you are South Africans. Not because you come from Europe. You were born here. You took the mines. You took all the wealth but you did not add any value’ and that’s the kind of a leader we know Nkosazana is,” Duarte said.

She was speaking during a Mpumalanga ANCWL’s Molo Makhelwane rally in KwaMhlanga, addressed by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, over the weekend.

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“Until we unite the ANC first, we cannot have an economy that works for everybody. Our economy is not working for us comrades. Our economy works for a particular level of people. We are the servants and that’s the way they want it to remain.

“We are saying we need a leader that will help to unlock every single potential that our country has. Comrade Nkosazana is that kind of leader and she will not be afraid to speak her mind in order to make sure that the right things are done at the right time,” the deputy secretary told scores at the KwaMhlanga stadium.

The NDZ group wants Duarte to retain to her post and Mpumalanga ANC leader DD Mabuza to deputise NDZ as the deputy president as well as Ace Magashule to take over from national secretary Gwede Mantashe and Nathi Mthethwa to be the chair.

Duarte called on all those who were accusing her allies of corruption to also back it up with proof.

She said they are themselves against corruption but didn’t play the game of “accusing people falsely”.

“Comrades let’s be clear. Nobody wants corruption. Nobody. We all must end it collectively. Let us not hide any corrupt people under the carpet but let us not accuse people falsely so that the real corrupt people can hide behind that false accusation,” she said.

The KwaMhlanga rally was meant to send a signal to the world that Mpumalanga ANC is actually behind NDZ.

It was attended by all chairpersons of the ANC regions in Mpumalanga, REC and PEC members, the mayor of Elias Mostwaledi municipality in Limpopo as well as a delegation for Gauteng’s Joburg region.

It began two weeks back when the Mpumalanga ANCWL pronounced, endorsing Dlamini-Zuma to take over the baton of the party in December.

It is believed during a PGC to sit soon and to be addressed by Mabuza, Mpumalanga will pronounce they are backing Dlamini-Zuma.

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