While plans to unseat President Jacob Zuma gets hotter, his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has proved she is ready to lead as South Africa’s first female president come the next general elections.
Though Dlamini-Zuma who is the Outgoing African Union (AU) Commission chairperson is yet to directly make her intentions known, she had made moves that indicate she is indeed ready to lead the country come 2019 general elections.
She strongly approved the ANCWL’s move for the ruling party to have a female president saying there was nothing wrong if the country has a woman as its new political head.
During an intensive interview with the citizen media, Dlamini Zuma said South African women need to take their place in the society.
“They need to be in leadership, academia, the economy and the judiciary,” she added while responding to questions on the sidelines of a joint sitting of the Africa Editors’ Forum and Press Officers in Pretoria.
Dlamini-Zuma’s term as African Union’s commission chairman would have ended in October had a suitable successor been elected at the recent summit, but none of the three candidates got the required two-thirds majority
Her comment on the role of women in Africa leadership, especially in South Africa echoes her statement months back. She said women should occupy equal space in a man’s world.
“Societies everywhere have developed to the advantage of men. Men have occupied all positions of decision-making in every sphere and they have left the women in the kitchen to cook on their own and to clean for them, to be a chef, a laundry, everything but at decision-making,” she said.
Though the ANC tradition favours Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from Zuma, the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL), ANC Youth League, Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association and the “Premier League”, an ANC lobby group that includes Free State Premier Ace Magashule, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, are in favour of a woman president.
“As a principle, if the ANC Women’s League wants a woman president, let them work for it,” said the former home affairs minister. “Let’s work for it … why not?” Dlamini-Zuma said.
However, the AU leader refused to be drawn into discussing South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), of which the AU is not a signatory.
“The African Union Commission has no standing in the ICC. We are not members,” she said,
“It is a purely sovereign decision of each country to join or pull out.”
“The only thing I can say is that countries must strengthen their judiciaries. The ICC is a court of last instance. The first instance is national courts. They must be strengthened so that they can deal with situations that arise,” Dlamini-Zuma added.