An international newspaper has described President Zuma’s time in office as a ‘baleful presidency’ and Dlamini-Zuma too lacking in charisma for her to lead Africa’s oldest liberation movement.
“Zuma, man who brought down Mandela’s party,” blared the headline on the front page of Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation on Monday.
Written by Chris Erasmus, posits 15 reasons why African National Congress presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is unlikely to be South Africa’s next president, whereas the odds of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa emerging victorious at the ANC’s upcoming elective conference in December seem probable.
Ramaphosa is described by Erasmus as a “wily” politician, while Dlamini-Zuma is said to have returned from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February from “an unremarkable stint at the AU”.
“Indeed, Dlamini-Zuma has failed to ignite even mediocre spontaneous enthusiasm at the carefully selected events where she has spoken,” read the article.
The article also stated challenges, such as Zuma’s shambolic Cabinet reshuffle on March 30, the controversial Gupta family, the stalled commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture and factions within the ANC and its alliance partners as among the factors that might derail Dlamini-Zuma’s presidential ambitions.