ANC ready for woman pres­i­dent: Zuma

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - World News - — AFP

JO­HAN­NES­BURG. — Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has said the ANC is ready for its first fe­male leader, days af­ter out­go­ing African Union Com­mis­sion chair­per- son Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was named by the ANC Women’s League as its choice to suc­ceed him.

“It is no longer a dis­cus­sion in the ANC whether a woman can take a high lead­er­ship po­si­tion or not,” Zuma told an in­ter­viewer on an SABC ra­dio sta­tion.

“The ANC is ready for that, in fact the party has been ready for some time.

“It will de­pend on the in­tegrity that she pos­sesses and whether mem­bers see her fit for the po­si­tion.”

Dlamini-Zuma (67), has not de­clared her can­di­dacy, but the ANCWL last week­end gave her a ma­jor boost by pub­licly declar­ing its sup­port.

She is not seek­ing a sec­ond man­date at the AU, a move that has in­creased spec­u­la­tion that she has am­bi­tions to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Zuma.

Pres­i­dent Zuma is ex­pected to step down as ANC leader at the end of this year. His suc­ces­sor will be the party’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for the 2019 na­tional elec­tions.

He also stated that he will not be seek­ing a third term.

Among Pres­i­dent Zuma’s other pos­si­ble suc­ces­sors are Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC trea­surer-gen­eral Zweli Mkhize.

It is be­lieved that Speaker in the Na­tional Assem­bly Baleka Mbete also has pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions. ANC sec­re­tary gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe last year said there were as many as six can­di­dates who had put their hands up for the top post.

Ja­cob Zuma

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