The President of the ANC Women's League turns 57 today. The politician has had a checkered history serving the people of Mzansi with different versions telling her story. What is clear, however, is that she is a strong woman and a force to be reckoned with. Briefly.co.za celebrates her birthday with 5 facts about her.
1. Place of birth
Dlamini was born in Nquthu on 10 September, 1962 and grew up in Nkandla, Matshensikazi and Imbali, Pietermaritzburg.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies from the University of Zululand. In 1989, she graduated with distinction.
3. Early political career
Dlamini was politically active from an early age. In 1983 she became one of the founding members of Imbali Youth Organisation, an affiliate of the United Democratic Front, which worked closely with the South African Students Congress and Imbali Civic Organisation. In 1985, she joined the South African National Students Congress as one of only a few women who participated in its politics.
In 2001, Dlamini was appointed as a Member of Parliament. She subsequently lost the position after 2006. However, at the 52nd National Conference of the ANC in December 2007, Dlamini was elected to the ANC's National Executive and National Working Committees.
5. Private security scandal
In May 2017, Dlamini appeared before a parliamentary SCOPA meeting where, among other issues, she was questioned about R1 million spent on private VIP security for her children, paid for by SASSA. Responding to questions about this very irregular arrangement, Dlamini responded that she had to resort to private security because her home was broken into on three separate occasions. In 2018, she requested more security. This led to the inquiry of about R2 million which she then needed to pay back for the services after opposition party members' requests.
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