Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was given a major boost in South Africa leadership race
The National Executive Committee of the African National Congress Women’s League announced that they will be gunning ANC’s first ever female President in the upcoming leader election.
The Women’s League went against their very founding principle of “Deputy President succeed the President” to announce the former African Union Chairperson and the member of the ANCWL NEC, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to succeed President Jacob Zuma.
None of the ANC structures announced their support for the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma as the President of the party or the country only the alliance partners Cosatu and SACP have made the call but they do not have powers to vote.
The chances of Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, becoming the next leader of the African National Congress were given a boost on Saturday with the endorsement of the ruling party’s Women’s League as we all know that women dominate in terms of numbers.
The ANC will elect a new leader at the party’s national elective conference in December and, given its national dominance since coming to power at the end of apartheid in 1994, the winner is likely to go on to be South Africa’s next president when elections are held in 2019.
Dlamini-Zuma, the chairwoman of the African Union, is viewed as a frontrunner ahead of rival Cyril Ramaphosa
- The ANC WL has openly pursuit the call for the election of the ANC’s first female President. We have engaged and continue to engage our branches, Regions and Provinces, branches of the ANC, Academia, Youth and Women in all spheres of life to support our cause.
- The ANC WL carries in it a responsibility to be the voice of reason and critical body of opinion within the African National Congress and broader society in so far as it relates to gender equity and parity.
- We have come to the appreciation that nobody will break that glass ceiling but ourselves as women of the African National Congress. To this end, in true pursuance of the ANC’s policy of equality and non-sexism, we as the African National Congress WL have come out to call for the African National Congress to elect its first ever woman as President in December 2017.
- During the extended National Executive Committee meeting, after careful considerations and a detailed organizational assessment on the progress made by South Africa as led by the African National Congress with regards and in relation to the affirmation of women in leadership, the ANCWL has come to the following conclusion:
- – The call for the first female President has gained relevance and necessary significance;
- – We have successfully raised and achieved the call for equal representation of women both in public and private sectors of our society. In principle the ANCWL resolved to pursue the 50/50 representation not only in the ANC NEC but in the ANC officials.
- – That after careful consideration and opening our eyes as wide as possible, Cde Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is the only suitable candidate at this point in our history to lead the African National Congress in December 2017.