Dlamini-Zuma vows to do for SA what she did for the AU
The ANC presidential hopeful says the challenges she faced at the African Union were a lot like those plaguing SA
ANC presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has argued that she can achieve in SA what she did at the African Union (AU).
Dlamini-Zuma says the challenges she encountered during her tenure at the AU were no different from those currently plaguing SA. Speaking at the launch of a book about her time at the AU‚ she said development was urgently needed in the country.
"What we did at the AU is not different to what needs to be done, on the whole, in SA. We came to the conclusion that the continent was full of conflict‚ so we should focus on that, but we realised that if we don’t develop the stable countries‚ we will not be able to maintain that stability‚ just like here in SA."
But Dlamini-Zuma warned that the country needed to undergo a "skills revolution" to enable economic development.
Turning to continental issues‚ Dlamini-Zuma said there needed to be more intra-Africa trade and collaboration. She also encouraged African countries to dictate terms with traditional Western powers and multinationals: "We want to relate to everybody else on our own terms‚ not their terms."