Reports reaching our news desk indicates that President Jacob Zuma is considering appointing his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to his cabinet when she steps down as chairwoman of the African Union Commission, easing her path to succeeding him as national leader, government officials said.
If this happens, it will bolster Dlamini-Zuma’s profile and chances of replacing Zuma as leader of the ruling African National Congress at a conference in December, according to two deputy ministers and an ANC official, who declined to be identified because they’re not authorized to comment.
Recall that, Zuma told state-owned Motsweding FM radio last week the ANC is ready for a female leader and the job won’t automatically go to his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, the other front-runner for the top post. Dlamini-Zuma steps down as AU chairwoman on Jan. 27.
Their is no doubt that whoever wins the presidency of the ruling party would be a strong favorite to succeed Zuma as South Africa’s leader after elections in 2019, given the party has won every election since the end of apartheid in 1994.
Zuma’s spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga wasn’t immediately available to comment. Calls to Wynne Musabayana, the AU’s head of communications didn’t connect, and she didn’t immediately answer an e-mail seeking comment.