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Vol 56 No 17

Published 20th August 2015

South Africa

The woman most likely…

The plan that a woman should be the ANC's next leader is gaining in popularity. But it's also an ingenious tactical ploy by Zuma

Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign to succeed President Jacob Zuma suffered a massive blow when the African National Congress Women's League declared that a woman should be the party's next presidential candidate. Within minutes of being elected as the new ANCWL President on 8 August, Bathabile Dlamini told the nearly 3,000 members she would be 'working tirelessly' towards this goal during her five-year term. Her victory is widely seen as a major victory for Zuma. Observers previously sceptical about Zuma's prospects now believe he has pulled off a tactical master-stroke against his enemies and that his grip on the governing party is now much stronger.

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