CAPE TOWN - Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is not concerned or even fazed by the fact that the 'country's white business community' has failed to endorse her bid to take over from President Jacob Zuma as head of the ANC.
Dlamini Zuma said that her main priority is to reduce the inequality between the rich and the poor in South Africa.
People who are opposed to this policy are predominantly white or belong to the black elite, who want to keep their privilege and wealth, Dlamini Zuma said on Thursday.
"If we have to choose between our people having a better life and investment, that's not a choice," she said.
"I'm not afraid. I'm not afraid of them. But I'm not surprised white minority capital is not endorsing me."
The Former AU Commission chairperson is currently an ordinary MP and has been deployed to the small business development portfolio committee.
Dlamini Zuma’s return to Parliament last month sparked speculation that a cabinet reshuffle was on the cards and that she was to take up a senior cabinet post.
Even the official opposition had viewed her redeployment as a pre-emptive strike by President Jacob Zuma against ANC MPs who backed a secret ballot in the failed motion of no confidence.
The ANC will be deciding a new party head next month.
The two main contenders are with Dlamini Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa is a multi-millionaire, former trade unionist and has been seen as a more popular leader for investors, especially abroad.
-BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE