Though SA still has roughly two years before its next general election, President Jacob Zuma has decided to parachute his campaign in support of his ex- wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as president.
According to reports from sources within the ANC, President Jacob Zuma has been putting the KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala under pressure to drum up support for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be the next president.
He was reportedly summoned by the president to his Nkandla homestead and questioned why the province is silence about drumming up support for Dlamini-Zuma as the future president when the provincial ANC Youth League had already begun doing so.
This pressure on Zikalala is despite the strong upheaval he faced in winning the hearts of the ANC regions as the province remains deeply divided on the issue.
It is also a fact that the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) had banned its structures last month from engaging in its succession debate before it officially opened the process.
“We all know that Zikalala, Super Zuma (ANC provincial secretary) and provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli were called to Nkandla where Zuma questioned Zikalala about the province’s silence on Nkosazana,” said the source which also confirmed that Ntuli and Super Zuma were summoned to Nkandla in January.
The source also said Zikalala replied Zuma saying it was difficult to endorse Dlamini-Zuma because her name “does not fly among branches”. Zuma then told him that he should make Nkosazana’s name fly because he (Zikalala) also did not have support prior to the provincial congress but he (Zuma) rallied behind him until he defeated Senzo Mchunu.
“Zuma told Zikalala to go do the work that is expected of him,” said the source.
Last month, it had been insinuated that Zuma endorsed Dlamini Zuma following his assertion that he wouldn’t be vying for a third term and, that the ANC is ready for a woman President.
The assertion came after the ANC Women’s League announced their plans to fight for a female president come 2019 general elections. “After careful consideration and opening our eyes as wide as possible, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the only suitable candidate,” the Women’s League said in a statement.
The fight for her endorsement also came at the time citizens look forward to having more females in politics and in other affairs of the country.
buttressing the need for women to get involved in SA affairs, Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, this week, urged the mining industry to do more to integrate women in mining. She said that although the representation of women had improved over the years, it was not enough.
The minister who was speaking at a luncheon on women in mining at the Mining Indaba, Shabangu, said the government was committed to changing the fabric of the mining industry.
“We still need to do more to ensure women feel the mining sector is one in which they have a career and a future, one in which they can develop their talent,” said Shabangu adding that the representation of women in mining was central to transformation in the sector as envisaged in the hotly contested Mining Charter between the government and mining companies.
The mining charter provides a framework for the transformation of the mining and minerals industry by facilitating the entry of historically disadvantaged South Africans, including women, into the mining industry, among other issues.
When it was promulgated in 2002, the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act required women to hold 10percent of so-called core mining jobs.
Shabangu concluded by saying women still needed encouragement to participate in the entire value chain of the industry. She said the Mining Charter and the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act had different elements including supplier and enterprise development.