The African National Congress’ quest to replace president Jacob Zuma with his former wife would definitely end up as a pie in the sky, as both are birds that apparently flock together, says former Wits University SRC president Mcebo Dlamini.
Dlamini argued that the only way the ANC can amend its debacle and outrank opposition groups in the 2019 general election is by putting its house in order and having an early elective conference, where it can elect new leaders.
The former student leader; who spoke during an interview on “Tonight with Tim Modise” on Soweto TV; aired on Wednesday night, added that replacing Zuma with Dlamini-Zuma is like “replacing me with me” because Zuma and his ex-spouse are the same.
Former SRC President Mcebo Dlamini Uncomfortable With Dlamini-Zuma
“Who are we replacing him with? If we are removing him because of corruption, the Guptas and everything South Africans have raised; then we are saying that corruption is continuing. You are replacing me with me. My wife and I are one. My girlfriend and I are one.”
Pushing further, Dlamini urged the ruling party to throw the door open for other ANC female presidential aspirants and not pinning their support on Dlamini-Zuma. Women, like comrade Naledi Pandor, Thandi Modise, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, amongst others, must also be encouraged to vie for the presidential seat.
As for Ramaphosa, he expressed uncertainty about the possibility of him ascending to the presidential seat because he is yet to inspire South Africans with leadership skills.
Former SRC president Mcebo Dlamini was axed last year after he professed his love and admiration for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
The talk of Dlamini-Zuma taking over from her ex-husband Jacob Zuma has been a red flag to many South Africans, who maintained that towering her to the presidential seat will further give room for more corruption and successful hijack of state funds by the Zuma’s family.
And though the ANCYL had called for more ANC female contestants, the ANC once stated that the party will be having a difficult time deciding on whether to pick Dlamini-Zuma or Ramaphosa.
Zuma’s ex-spouse, Dlamini-Zuma was South Africa’s Minister of Health from 1994 to 1999, under President Nelson Mandela. She also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 17 June 1999 to 10 May 2009, under presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe. On 10 May 2009, she was moved to the position of Minister of Home Affairs and later resigned 2 October 2012.
On 15 July 2012, she became AU’s first-woman chairperson after being elected by the African Union Commission.