At the moment, it is impossible to say who will replace Pres. Zuma as ANC President come December when the party will elect a new leader.
Zuma’s ex-wife, Dlamini Zuma has asked the ruling party not to see her presidential bid as a continuation of Jacob Zuma’s rule.
Most South Africans are worried of the fact that if Dlamini-Zuma wins, it will mean building a Zuma-political dynasty.
Earlier this year, Pres. Zuma said the country is ripe for a female president.
Some believe that Dlamini abandoned a second bid to run as African Union (AU) chairperson and returned to contest for ANC leader because of the comments of her ex-husband.
There has been a strong perception that she owes her political career to Zuma.
Dlamini-Zuma’s interest in the top post has since divided the ruling party – starting from its leadership structure down to its branches across many provinces, throwing around dirt in a political environment where opposition parties are steadily gaining strength.
Because of her relationship with President Zuma which, Dlamini has pleaded with the ANC not to count the fact that she was once married to President Zuma at the ANC election.
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made this known while speaking at the Steven Dlamini Memorial Lecture in Ixopo on Tuesday.
“We must not allow people to say uwumuntu kasibanibani (you’re so and so’s lover). A comrade is a comrade. I divorced him in 1998, when I was health minister, and long before he became president. He wasn’t even deputy president. He was an MEC in KwaZulu-Natal. I was already in government and had a career for myself.
”I am not his puppet or wife any more.
“But people are quick to forget. I was never the first lady of South Africa. And I have no aspirations to marry a president. I have kids with him, so it is inevitable that I will see him from time to time. When you are divorced, you don’t have to be enemies. But I am not his wife. Even when we were in exile I hardly saw him; we lived together only in Lusaka,” she lamemted.
She went on;
“We must also do away with factionalism within the ANC. It kills the organization. Factions must stop. Yes, we got political power. Political power without economic power means the revolution is not over.”
Some of the ANC top official believe that if she wins at last, most of the problems she would face as a new leader of the ANC will be Zuma- related problems.
Most political analysis expressed fear that she might even suspend most charges against Zuma.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a doctor and was one of the longest-serving cabinet ministers under former presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.