Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma was suggested as a possible ANC candidate for Presidency in the 2009 election and for leadership of the party.
Dlamini-Zuma was nominated for the ANC political party’s deputy presidency by four provinces aligned to President Thabo Mbeki, while the five provinces backing her ex-husband ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma preferred her as the national chairperson. She was elected to the ANC’s 80-member National Executive Committee in December 2007.
Dlamini-Zuma was born in 27 January 1949 in KwaZulu-Natal. Dlamini-Zuma studied Zoology and Botany at the University of Zululand obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and medical studies at the University of Natal.
She married Jacob Zuma, with whom she has four children. Dlamini, Zuma’s third wife, divorced him in June 1998.
She was Minister of Home Affairs from 2009-2012, Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999-2009, Minister of Health 1994-1999 and previously AU Chairperson.
In September African National Congress (ANC) NEC member Nathi Mthethwa has endorsed former AU chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over the top seat of the ANC when President Jacob Zuma bows out in December.
The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) reiterated the stance for a woman president.
ANCYL president Collen Maine says, “The leadership will elect those who agree with us, we will not be led by blessers. The ANC Youth League is very clear; the next president of the ANC is comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.”
In August Umkhonto we sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) member Carl Niehaus has added his support for Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the race to become African National Congress (ANC) president in December.
Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini says women in the African National Congress (ANC) are ready to lead the party when the elective congress, to replace President Jacob Zuma, takes place in December.
“I would like to see Mama Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma being our president, not because she’s a female but because she’s capable of being a president. Women girl child and all the members of the ANC must speak out and make sure that the conference of the ANC is closed by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.”