SA’s embattled President Zuma seems to have thrown support behind the continuing talk of his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s possible run for the Presidency when his tenure expires.
Jacob Zuma said that the ruling ANC party is ready for its first female leader. His statement came a couple of days after the party’s influential women’s league named Nkosanza Dlamini-Zuma as their choice to succeed him.
Nkosanza Dlamini-Zuma, who had four children with President Zuma prior to their separation, is currently the head of the AU and has remained the preferred choice candidate to run for Presidency in SA’s 2019 general election.
Although Dlamini-Zuma is yet to declare her candidacy, the ANC women’s league support given her last week was a rather encouraging sign. President Zuma is meant to step down as the African National Congress leader at the end of this year and whoever succeeds him will be practically a shoe-in for the Presidency.
President Zuma said of the ANC being ready for a female leader;
“It is no longer a discussion in the ANC whether a woman can take a high leadership position or not, The ANC is ready for that. In fact the party has been ready for some time.”
“It will depend on the integrity that she possesses and whether members see her fit for the position.”
Despite all these encouraging signs for Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma has other possible successors that include the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the ANC treasurer-general, Zweli Mkhize.
As to whether Dlamini-Zuma herself seems interested in the position that so many people seem to have cast her for, the AU chair did not seek a second mandate at the African Union and that has increased the speculations of where her sights are set.
Her stint as the AU chair has given her an international profile that is a nice addition to the string of ministerial posts that she held under South African presidents, including the foreign affairs and home minister portfolios.