ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

Zuma strikes back: Mrs Dlamini-Zuma goes to Parliament

Never has the common expression “desperate times call for desperate measures” ever been more applicable to contemporary South African politics until this week, when ANC presidential hopeful and former African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was sworn in as an Member of Parliament. The postulated desperate move for the NDZ camp has only confirmed the public sentiment of how far Zuma is willing to go to ensure his ex-wife succeeds him.  What South Africans have witnessed once again is the political patronage of Jacob Zuma in action. The President has never…

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ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

5 reasons why the Ramaphosa extramarital campaign backfired

A week after the Sunday weekly national papers covered the story of Cyril Ramaphosa’s alleged extramarital affairs, the story political enemies of the Deputy President hoped would damper his chances at succeeding Zuma as ANC president, has seem to failed. The story which originated from leaked emails of the Deputy President’s private Google accounts claimed Ramaphosa has had multiple relationships.  The ANC Presidential hopeful denied such claims and only acknowledged an affair with a Limpopo doctor eight years ago – five years before he became Deputy President. Here are five…

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ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

Cyril is just like NDZ, a product of the ANC hegemonic establishment

It was a crucial stress test for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday when he appeared in Parliament for a question and answer session with MPs.  Analysts would have expected the Deputy President to have been more courageous and critical against the government after an array of scandals have plagued the news cycle.  Most importantly, it is an election year for the ANC, and Ramaphosa has the only option of branding himself as the outsider of the Zuma network. Many within and outside the ANC have placed their bets on…

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ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

The civil war of the ANC

It ended with an ingenious threat to members of his party’s national executive committee: “I have been quiet because I don’t want to harm the ANC, so continue attacking me in the media and you will see.” These were the audacious words of Jacob Zuma at the close of this weekend’s NEC meeting, that saw the President effortlessly survive another motion of no confidence. This was a cautionary warning to his detractors; back off. I’m not going anywhere. The faction wars within the ANC have been brewing for months and are…

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ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

The dynamics of NDZ’s bid for the ANC Presidency

While the former African Union Chair shares a name with a president synonymous with corruption, there are greater challenges ahead for the candidate seeking the top ANC job. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s bid for the ANC presidency is no surprise for the political pundits grossly analysing the ANC succession race that will potentially determine the party’s survival after 2019. Dlamini-Zuma’s political office credential exceeds the track records of many other iconic ANC stalwarts. Having served through four presidential administrations (Motlanthe included), it is a seemingly logical choice for the party consumed in…

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