South Africa could have it’s first, albeit interim female president, according to reports.
The Mail & Guardian has reported that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’name has been mentioned to step in as interim successor by supporters of President Jacob Zuma who are negotiating his exit plan.
The publication reports that former spokesperson for the African National Congress (ANC), Zizi Kodwa, confirmed that the president was in talks with party president Cyril Ramaphosa to determine how to ensure Luthuli House remained a centre of power for the party without undermining the president of the country.
Kodwa, however, declined to reveal the content of those discussions.
It is being reported that having the ANC MP and former African Union chairperson take over as interim president was among the demands made by President Zuma’s team. It has also been reported that his team has asked that some of the ministers the president appointed retain their positions.
Among the names mentioned under that condition include current Energy Minister David Mahlobo and State Security Minister Bongani Bongo.
Mahlobo was appointed to the portfolio in October and almost immediately announced that he would ensure that the nuclear energy plan would go ahead. Bongo currently faces corruption charges after allegations surfaced that he attempted to bribe the evidence leader in Parliament’s state capture inquiry.
Meanwhile, City Press reported last week that Ramaphosa’s backers had plans for him to take over from the president much sooner – even possibly delivering the State of the Nation Address next month.