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Dlamini-Zuma set for ANC return

Dlamini-Zuma set for ANC return

African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is set to make a return to South Africa, where she is likely to take up a top position within the ANC.

This is according to a report in the Mail & Guardian, citing the South African government.

Department of international relations head of public diplomacy, Clayson Monyela, told the paper via sms: “It was never a secret. She’s not running for a second term. Definitely coming back.”

The M&G said that Dlamini-Zuma will not seek a second term, and is due to return in October, following a handover process.

Confirmation of Dlamini-Zuma’s return is likely to fuel debate about who will replace current president, Jacob Zuma, when his term ends.

Zuma’s second term as ANC president will end in December 2017, while his term as state president ends mid 2019.

The president is in the spotlight amid allegations of an attempted state capture in conjunction with the Gupta family, which has led to calls for him to step down. A senior ANC official also admitted this week that the scandal around Nkandla has damaged the party’s reputation.

“We lost face and we cannot afford to lose face again,” said newly appointed parliamentary chief whip, Jackson Mthembu, in an interview on the Justice Factor show on Monday evening.

There is a strong lobby group within the ANC that wants to see Dlamini-Zuma succeed her ex-husband as the first female ANC president when the party holds its leadership elections in 2017. This means she could become South Africa’s first female president when general elections are held in 2019.

However, there is also a push from supporters of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to have him step up to the position, as has been tradition in the ANC, News24 reported.

Dlamini-Zuma served as minister of health from 1994 to 1999, under President Nelson Mandela, then minister of Foreign Affairs from June 1999 to May 2009, under presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Molanthe.

She then served as minister of Home Affairs in the Cabinet of president Zuma, from May 2009 to October 2012.

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  • SpiritOfNehanda

    I think this would be the best candidate, and the least tainted by a lot of crap. Her role in the AU makes her the best experienced and one with the best knowledge of the rest of the continent to better position S.A in relation to the rest of Africa…. but things don’t always work that way with these guys, the worst candidate wins….

    • Tom Ford

      SA’s biggest problem is economic growth. Having a socialist as a leader won’t help much. Remember she is family with the Zumas too. The core of the problems we are having are largely due to patronage towards family and friends and Zulu tribalism.

      Why do you think the greedy Premier League and the rest of Zuma’s friends are in the lobby supporting her?? She won’t change a thing and Zuma’s legacy will just continue till Jesus returns.

      • AWA Entrepreneur

        In as much as I kinda like this one; you have a point Tom Ford.
        Jeez! these politicians… all have secret agendas and interests to protect, regardless of which party they are brewed from.

    • ian shaw

      But the actual power behind her will be her ex-husband Jacob, and his corrupt acolytes. In fact these are the ones who support her election to be president. because they know that in this case they can keep and even multiply their ill-gotten wealth

  • Owl

    “There were five in the bed and the little one said: “roll over, roll over.” And they all rolled over and the one fell out.” but another one crawled into the bed…
    Baleka..will you ever get a turn?

    • Snowlock2.0

      That pig is hoping to one day be president.

  • James Dean

    I have no respect for anyone that joins an organization that stands for anarchy nepotism and corruption.

    • moremhz

      i see what you did there 🙂

  • Erlo Muhl

    Would it not be better to start with an A in our S.A. cans alphabet as with another Z? I thought Z is the end of the alphabet. It might be the end of progress for us as well.

  • SA into 1st Gear

    OOOOhhh No – please not this again…. yet another incompetent lazy grave train passenger boarding…. she has done Zero while she was here – she had done & accomplished nothing at the AU (the AU by the way which is an international embarrassment), and now she wants to return – DOING WHAT….

  • MelcolmX

    ANC=OLIGARCHY all about friends and family benefiting and brainwashing the poor ignorant 60% congregation.

  • Tom Ford

    As “Great?” as she is, she doesn’t hold a candle to the benefits a Ramaphosa presidency can give. Ramaphosa is the guy Mandela chose to succeed him over Mbeki with good reason. He was instrumental in drafting our world renowned constitution, has invaluable experience in business now (Our biggest issue right now being economic growth), was recently instrumental in the drafting of the NDP (another congruent plan which even opposition parties agree is a good idea) etc. The fact he’s a billionaire doesn’t hurt either (i.e. no need to be looting our state resources).

    We don’t need a pseudo-socialist social worker leading our country offering more grants to the poor. Especially one who also happens to have kids with and is family with Zuma. What we need is a leader to drive the National Development Plan and implement things that will help SA grow.

    • AWA Entrepreneur

      shouldn’t the SA economy also benefit the poor; after all, its the nation’s resources bringing in the investors… though managed by the elite few. Let the “social-worker” cater for the poor as well, they need someone on their side.

      • Tom Ford

        Yes of cause. How you really help the poor is creating jobs and an environment that facilitates this. This means encouraging entrepreneurship and an environment which is friendly to investors to help poor. Of cause grants are important as a social measure to help the really poor, especially given our past. The danger though is creating the hand out mentality that’s so prevalent today. Chris Hart got into S$it for saying the very truth.
        I’m just saying let’s follow the US, Japan and even the successful Tiger countries model of growing the nations wealth through entrepreneurship to help the poor rather than failed socialist policies as recently demonstrated in Venezuela. Mrs Zuma represents this type of failed socialist mentality whereas Ramaphosa can steer us in the other direction.

    • ian shaw

      Yes, indeed, it would be beet for the country to have Cyril a President. But beware, that for the ANC they (and their interests) come before the country, as spelled out by our president.

  • the-TRUTH

    Interesting: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma still assumes Zuma’s family surname even after they divorced in 1998.
    Another Interesting fact is that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s children have had a very cushy comfortable life – their mother has been a cabinet minister from 1994 to 2012; from minister of health (1994-1999), minister of foreign affairs (1999-2009) and minister of home affairs (2009-2012). My View is that her children should not be classified as AA candidates as they have had a wonderful moneyed upbringing…

  • victor lossa

    AU seems to be an ineffectual social club of decrepit despots where amicable discussions on how to get the evil west to donate more money for their deep pockets take place, amid good food, good drinks and medal exchanges at the end….

  • MelcolmX

    Any name ending in Zuma is like a robber who robs you, follows you home then rapes your family and robs them. This name will never appear in SA politics again!

    • AWA Entrepreneur

      just like anyone who’s white?
      point being…don’t paint all with one brush.

      • victor lossa

        Okay!….perhaps Zuma’s different clan, but Zuptas….definitely !!!!!

  • Crocodile buttocks

    Sorry, not another Zuma running this country.

  • moremhz

    NO!!!, Thuli for President

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