Dlamini-Zuma: Democracy needs to change lives

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gave her final state of the continent address as AU chair in Durban on Monday.

FILE: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – African Union (AU) chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says with the exception of just a few countries, democracy is taking off on the continent, adding it’s becoming more entrenched.

Dlamini-Zuma gave her final state of the continent address as AU chair in Durban on Monday, where she also received a humanitarian award.

She acknowledged the current political crisis in Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to relinquish power.

Dlamini-Zuma says democracy needs to change people’s lives on the continent.

“It’s an issue being dealt with on a whole. Democracy is taking root on the continent. Democracy for the sake is not useful, it needs to translate into our people’s lives for their freedom.”

She also says terrorism cannot be dealt with through military force.

“Peace and terrorism cannot only be dealt with militarily. You also need to win the hearts and minds of your young people because it’s your young people who are recruited by extremists.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)