Dlamini-Zuma dodges corruption links at memorial lecture

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African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma gives thanks during a celebration in her honour held at Kwa-Bhidla Traditional Local Council, Sisonke District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal on 6 October 2012.

African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma gives thanks during a celebration in her honour held at Kwa-Bhidla Traditional Local Council, Sisonke District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal on 6 October 2012.

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African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma gives thanks during a celebration in her honour held at Kwa-Bhidla Traditional Local Council, Sisonke District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal on 6 October 2012.

African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma gives thanks during a celebration in her honour held at Kwa-Bhidla Traditional Local Council, Sisonke District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal on 6 October 2012.

JOHANNESBURG – ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says South Africa needs to urgently industrialise in order to deal decisively with socio-economic challenges.

She spoke at the Dr. Pixley Ka Isaka Seme memorial lecture in the Durban City Hall.

Dlamini-Zuma avoided commenting on her name appearing on a list of 27 people, who may have benefited from corruption, linked to the controversial Gupta family.

British politician Peter Hain has asked law enforcement agencies to probe the Guptas&39; business dealings in the UK. 

This was her first public appearance since her name emerged as a person of interest in a British investigation involving the Gupta family.

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But Nkosazana-Dlamini-Zuma made no mention of these developments at the memorial lecture.

In a statement earlier, she said she was not aware of a letter, written by Lord Hain, which alleged financial misconduct involving illicit financial flows.

She also denied links to any Gupta businesses and chose to discuss domestic matters.

 

“We know that every year we add to the army of unemployed young people and we can’t continue with that status quo. That status quo is untenable, it has to change,” she said.

She says that the country’s economic structure needs a serious overhaul.

“South Africa has almost de-industrialized. We need to industrialize. We need to process what we produce. We need to beneficiate and add value to our natural resources. We cannot address the question of unemployment, if we take everything in our country raw and send it somewhere else to be processed. Because the jobs will then be created in that where they process.”

She reiterated her call for tolerance and discipline as the governing party gears for its elective conference in December.