Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has turned her gaze on businessman Johann Rupert, after the latter criticised the use of the term ‘radical economic transformation’ which the ruling party has made its bread and butter of political discourse.
The former African Union chair explained that Rupert’s comments carried great insult towards the majority of the poor in South Africa. This, after Rupert explained that the term was simply code for thievery and looting from the State’s coffer.
Addressing funeral undertakers on Tuesday night at the Durban funeral indaba, Dlamini-Zuma hit back at Rupert, implying he lacked any moral sensitivity to the plight of many South Africans who live on the periphery of the country’s economy so long after democratisation.
Dlamini-Zuma has urged undertakers to defend radical economic transformation because it addresses the land question which is important in the funeral industry.
The presidential hopeful’s speech was warmly received by the audience.
Dlamini-Zuma, like Cyril Ramaphosa and most other presidential hopefuls within the ruling party, has taken to speaking from many different soap-boxes in an attempt to gather popularity in the run-up to the ANC’s national conference at the end of the year.
The conference could prove decisive for the country’s economic future as the chosen leader of the ANC could turn the tide on investor confidence and credit-ratings to come.