18/08/2017 06:55 SAST | Updated 18/08/2017 06:55 SAST

NDZ On Grace Mugabe: Don't Paint All Women With The Same Brush

The ANC presidential hopeful says women are often made to suffer when another woman "makes a mistake".

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA APRIL 20: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma addresses the ANC Youth League members and students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) on April 20, 2017 in Durban, South Africa. Dlamini-Zuma addressed DUT students and ANCYL members on issues of free education. (Photo by Siyanda Mayeza/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says people should not paint all women with the same brush when one of them makes a mistake. Dlamini-Zuma was responding to a question about Grace Mugabe at the launch of her book in Johannesburg on Thursday, The Sowetan reported.

While the law should take its course in Mugabe's case, Dlamini-Zuma said it was not fair that men never had to suffer for the mistakes made by other men.

"A woman does something, we all have to suffer. It is patriarchy and sexism. How can it be we question the capability of women because one woman has beaten the other," she reportedly said.

"Men make mistakes, no one says look at men. Women are human beings too."

Dlamini-Zuma also said the needs of South Africa were not unlike those of the African Union. Dlamini-Zuma was the chairperson of the AU Commission.

"What we did at the AU is not different to what needs to be done on the whole in South Africa. 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 South Africa‚" she said.