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.