President Jacob Zuma’s eldest son, Edward Zuma said he’s still cudgeling his brains to unravel who former Public Protector Thulisile Madonsela is trying to impress.
An unhappy Zuma found faults with Madonsela’s comment on President Zuma’s succession race and slammed Madonsela for trying to impress white people who dominated an event at the Cape Town Press Club function.
Madonsela, on Monday, told over 200 people at the event that she would love to see a female president after Zuma and that she was neither interested or qualified to be South Africa’s president, but stressed that whoever that will finally succeed Zuma should not be a ‘proxy’.
“I am neither qualified to be president nor interested in that job … Should he be a man, should she be female? At this stage for me, I would like to say I would like to have a female, but I would hate to have a female that’s a proxy,” she told the gathering.
Tearing a strip off Madonsela, Edward Zuma described her as a rude woman with no respect for Zuma’s likely successor – Dlamini-Zuma Nkosazana. He slapped back by alleging that Madonsela is a “proxy herself”.
A livid Zuma continued: “She is rude. Clearly, she is insulting Nkosazana [Dlamini-Zuma]. She was addressing a white dominated gathering in Cape Town, she is a proxy herself.
“My interest is the ANC, clearly, the female candidate is known, it is Nkosazana, we all know that. Obviously, if she says she does not want a president who is a proxy, she is referring to her, whose proxy is Nkosazana?”
Edward Zuma also called on the former Public Protector to either fight for a spot in the political arena or ‘shut up’ and quit making irrelevant speeches about political parties or the Zuma-led administration.
The race for the ANC’s top post fast-pedalled to a full swing just days after President Jacob Zuma broke silence on his successor. Though the ANC is yet to open the succession debate, it is no news that Dlamini-Zuma is the preferred female candidate to succeed Zuma, having earned the support of the ANC Women’s League and a handful of ANC bigwigs.
Though the ANC is yet to open the succession debate, it is no news that Dlamini-Zuma is the preferred female candidate to succeed Zuma, having earned the support of the ANC Women’s League and a handful of ANC bigwigs.
There are tell-tales signs that the debate would be characterized by tempestuous moves and difficulty in picking between Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma as President Zuma’s successor.