There are some arcane rules about changing MPs that make it difficult for a party to simply get rid of sitting members and to replace them with someone more agreeable. The ANC had to go through all sorts of contortions to bring Brian Molefe into Parliament. It’s an esoteric subject, really, and arises only now because of the strange position in which Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma finds herself. We learn more about her every week. What we already know is easy: she and President Jacob Zuma were once married. They had four children and divorced. Nelson Mandela made Nkosazana his first health minister. She is a qualified medical doctor (Bristol University, 1978). Thabo Mbeki made her foreign minister. Zuma made her home affairs minister and then took her out of South African politics and got her elected chairwoman of the AU Commission, in Addis Ababa, a job from which she has just returned. More recently, we know she has a residence available to her at Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. She pops up at ...

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