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Dlamini-Zuma snubs questions on Parly redeployment

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma avoided questions from journalists as she arrived to speak at an ANC Youth League event in Cape Town.

FILE: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma addressing the crowd in Kwaximba in KwaZulu Natal on 18 August 2017. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has sidestepped questions about her redeployment to Parliament amid speculation she's been tapped for a Cabinet post.

Dlamini-Zuma avoided questions from journalists as she arrived to speak at an ANC Youth League event in Cape Town earlier on Sunday afternoon.

On Friday, the ANC confirmed that Dlamini Zuma would be sworn in as an ANC Member of Parliament.

Hoping to speak to her about her redeployment, journalists gathered at the ANC Youth league event.

But Dlamini-Zuma was not willing to discuss the issue just yet and was ushered into the venue.

When asked if she knew anything about a looming Cabinet reshuffle, she responded by saying: “I don’t know anything about that.”

The Sunday Times is reporting that President Jacob Zuma is planning a major Cabinet shake-up and that Dlamini-Zuma may be in line to take over the higher education portfolio.

She told ANC supporters that the young people must be given access to economic opportunities.

“We cannot continue to have young people with no recreational facilities and with no opportunities to be swimmers in this country.”

ABUSE OF STATE RESOURCES

The presidential hopeful has spoken out against corruption and the abuse of state resources as she outlined the quality of government she wants for South Africa.

Dlamini-Zuma has emphasised the important role of the ANCYL in taking radical economic transformation in the country forward.

She also highlighted some of government’s responsibilities.

“A government that is transparent in the use of the resources, that does not tolerate corruption.”

Dlamini-Zuma stressed the importance of an amicable succession battle in the run up to the party's elective conference at the end of the year.

“If you’re a disciplined member of this organisation, then the contest in December should not divide this organisation.”

The former AU chairperson told the gathering she is confident that the ANC will emerge victorious at the polls in 2019.

Earlier, ANCYL Provincial Chairperson Muhammad Khalid Sayed said the party members were looking forward to discussing issues affecting the youth with Dlamini-Zuma.

“It’s also a moment for us to reflect in a very sober context as to where we need to take, not only the Youth League and the ANC, South Africa to because the party is the leader of society. Hence the Youth League is the leader of the young people in society but a critical bundle of opinion inside of South African society.”

The gathering comes at a sad time for the youth league; the organisation is digesting the news of former ANC Youth League secretary general Sindiso Magaqa’s death.

Magaqa, who was shot at in July, succumbed to his injuries last week.