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ANC Women’s League pres­i­dent Batha­bile Dlamini – whose win at the re­cent league con­fer­ence was a launch­ing pad for the premier league’s suc­ces­sion cam­paign – has cited her as one of the women ca­pa­ble of be­ing the head of state.

Dlamini-Zuma is set to en­joy sup­port from her home province, KwaZu­luNatal.

How­ever, there was also a sense that some had not for­given her for turn­ing down a nom­i­na­tion on Zuma’s slate at the Polok­wane elec­tive congress, where Zuma de­feated then pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki, whom she sup­ported.

As the for­mer wife to Zuma, she is viewed as some­one who can be trusted by the pres­i­dent. She has ex­plic­itly stated the coun­try could have a woman as pres­i­dent sooner than ex­pected.

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