Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the current African Union (AU) Chair and ex-wife of South African president, Jacob Zuma, is gradually positioning herself to become the next President of the country, as well as the first woman to hold the office, in 2019. She will probably be contesting alongside top politician, Cyril Ramaphosa (current Vice President), who has been vying for the position for decades, and is a common favourite in the races, among other candidates.
Based on the determined advocacy for a female leader for the country by the African National Congress party (ANC) and her impressive history with its politics, Dlamini-Zuma might have the upper hand in 2019’s elections. In addition, she is increasingly vocal about her aspirations and appears to be winning over a fair amount of supporters at a steady pace.
Although President Zuma and his ex-wife separated in 1998, the two have maintained a cordial relationship. Their relationship and history is currently the basis of general criticism towards Dlamini-Zuma’s intentions.
Some skeptics suggest, putting Dlamini-Zuma in office is a personal goal of President Zuma’s, as they believe that he is using his influence to ensure that his ex-wife wins the upcoming elections, through a three-man elite group, known as the “Premier League” in South African politics. The members of the group are provincial premiers and ANC provincial chairmen Ace Magashule (Free State), David Mabuza (Mpumalanga), and Supra Mahumapelo (North West).
Women in politics, in such a crucial capacity, is yet to become a global norm, as there have only been around 90 female presidents and representative leaders from history till date. The lack of equal representation gives traction in defending why political dynasties are good for women, as without them, the world might have seen far fewer women in political office.
Reports have is that President Zuma planning to install his ex wife as president while he Zuma still remains the president of ANC. If this works come 2019 general elections, the Zuma dynasty will be ruling SA again till God knows when.