On Tuesday, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma the ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma and the former African Union chief addressed a struggle with her, possible, Presidential bid that has been widely debated.
Some critics who may not want to see the former AU chief becoming the next President of South Africa after President Zuma steps down have claimed that her bid to succeed him in office is a ploy to protect him from criminal prosecution.
President Jacob Zuma has had a number of run ins with the law from which he has been saved by his Presidential privilege and the fear of some other political elites in South Africa of touching him.
From the Nkandla scandal to the almost 800 corruption charges that may be reinstated over a multi-billion dollar arms deal in the 1990s to all the claims of corruption that have been uncovered in recent times, all the strikes against Zuma are enough to make him fall and stay down once his term expires that is, of course, if he does not have the next President on his side.
The Institute of Security Studies think-tank said when Dlamini-Zuma left the AU that “She is seen as one of the main contenders to take over from her ex-husband,” they also added that “It is alleged that she will protect Zuma and family members from prosecution for corruption if she becomes president.”
Currently, Dlamini-Zuma is a leading candidate to replace Zuma as head of the ruling ANC party in December and then as national president within two years when his term expires.
President Zuma is seen as favoring her even ahead of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the race that could split the African National Congress (ANC).
In addressing this criticism on Tuesday, Dlamini-Zuma said that she found it “offensive” to be seen as her ex-husband’s chosen candidate to protect him from prosecution when he leaves office. After delivering a speech in Johannesburg, she said;
“I will not be elected by President Jacob Zuma,”
“If I am elected, I will be elected by South Africans, and they will have reasons why they elect me — and that is why I find it offensive.”
In that vein, she continues to campaign across the country drumming up support ahead of the party conference in December where the new leader will be elected by delegates although she is yet to actually declare publicly her bid for the Presidency.
A lot of South Africans have been waiting for a long time for President Jacob Zuma to fall so we hope she is telling the truth on the matter.