Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is the ex wife of former President Jacob Zuma. In 2009 she was suggested as the ANC Presidential candidate and leader of the country.
She was also the first woman to lead the organisation of the African Union as it’s Chairperson. In 1995 Dlamini Zuma as Health Minister awarded a 14,2 million Rand contract to her friend Mbongeni Ngema without the required procedures.
In terms of the contract Ngema was supposed to produce and publish the popular musical Sarafina 2. Unfortunately the musical was never released and the money was squandered.
Dlamini Zuma lied to the Parliament and refused to account for the matter. Sarafina was the first big corruption scandal after independence in South Africa. She was also criticised for supporting a dangerous HIV and AIDS drug developed in South Africa.
The drug was rejected by the scientific community. Fast forward to 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown, Dlamini Zuma made a u-turn announcement regarding the lifting of the controversial ban on the sell of tobacco products in South Africa.
This led to intense criticism on her part considering that a family member, Edward Zuma has shares in the amalgamated tobacco products in South Africa.
In 2017, it was reported by Sunday Times that Dlamini Zuma has close relations with a controversial businessman Adriano Mazzotti. He is a senior figure in the smuggling of cigarettes.
The two were seen together in London and Sandton. This fuelled criticism on the continued ban on the sell of cigarettes. Dlamini Zuma was accused of putting money in Mazzotti’s pockets.