Angered by the seeming stack hypocrisy in the country, permeating major sectors, the female politician who has the absolute backing of her ex-husband said it is clear that there is going to be opposition to radical economic transformation, says former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

This is the view she shared on the much-debated topic and the recent protests calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Zuma, in defending his recent Cabinet reshuffle, said the remaining years of his term would focus on radical economic transformation.

There has been widespread outrage over the decision to fire former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas. The move has since prompted two massive public demonstrations.

 “This is the first time I hear of banks allowing people to go out to the streets and close banks, the first time I hear companies [closing down to support the protests] so it’s clear radical economic transformation is going to be opposed,” Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday.


Recalling history, she narrated that in the past people used to take to the streets because there was no legitimate government in the country.

The ANC presidential hopeful said she was happy her political party didn’t want its members of Parliament to vote in a secret ballot when a motion of no confidence against Zuma takes place in the National Assembly.

MPs were meant to debate the issue on April 18 but it has since been postponed to allow processes around an application for a secret ballot, which is before the Constitutional Court.

“As a public official, you are there to represent the electorate and there to represent the ANC. Why would you want to hide what you are doing in Parliament? There must be something wrong there and I’m glad the ANC would not agree to that,” she said.

The ANC has told its MPs it expects them to toe the party line and not vote with the opposition in the motion of no confidence against the president.

In a further submission, the former Au chairperson noted that even if you want to vote, whichever way, you must do it with integrity and be able to defend your position. Why do you want to do things and hide? It’s strange.