ANC Leadership: Presidential Hopeful Dlamini-Zuma Goes Digital


President Jacob Zuma’s ex-spouse and ANC Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has launched an unofficial campaign system, in a bid to reach out to most people, within and outside the shores of South Africa.

Dlamini-Zuma recently upgraded her campaign platform in an attempt to woo support outside the ANC conventional process, having thrown her hat into the ANC presidential succession ring.

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Although contenders for the top post have not been given a go-ahead order to official campaign or woo support, it has emerged that she has launched a campaign site on the internet.

BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the website was registered in Panama on March 19 – four days after she was welcomed back to South Africa by hundreds of supporters at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.

Dlamini-Zuma’s new website is clearly decorated with her résumé, pictures of her in several functions, her dream and vision for South Africa, projects she participated in during her tenure as chairman of the African Union Commission and lots more.

Many say the website is only but a subtle means to get her message out since the ANC has not flagged off open campaign for the presidential position and others.

Since her return from her stint as chair of the African Union, Dlamini-Zuma has spoken at a number of events across the country, most of them organized by the ANC. She has also associated herself with the Zuma support crowd: the ANC’s Youth and Women’s Leagues, the Premier League, the rural lobby of three provincial premiers, and other Zuma/Gupta-aligned bodies.

Last Thursday, she spoke at an ANC cadres forum at Zamdela, in the Free State, ostensibly assembled to discuss a recent National Working Committee report on the state of the party. Her focus was on the ANC taking back control of both the economy and peoples’ growing dissatisfaction with the ruling party.

She took a swipe at the protestors who had taken to the streets recently, saying “We are not going to have presidents elected through the streets when we have a Constitution that says how presidents should be elected.”

The former AU chairperson buttressed on Twitter that it was clear the protestors were against Zuma’s policy of radical economic transformation, and they needed to understand they could not dictate to the ANC how to elect and remove its leaders.

Though she later claimed that it was a fake tweet, but it was subsequently proven that it wasn’t and that she was simply doing damage control after calling so many civil minded citizens “rubbish”.

Dlamini-Zuma re-echoed the words of her ex-husband at the gathering, calling for the election of a woman to lead the party.

Presently, she holds no official job in South Africa, nor is she the spouse of President Jacob Zuma, as their divorce in June 1998 is on a public record.

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The politician doctor with the hyphenated surname is widely believed to be the favourite of the faction aligned to President Jacob Zuma, to take over the ANC presidency at its elective conference in December.

No doubt, If Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma finally emerges the new ANC president in December, then the chances are much greater that Zuma would serve his full term until 2019 – a situation Zumas’ critics do not want to be witnesses to.