Carol Paton Writer at Large

The exit of David Mabuza from the parliamentary stage, whether permanent or not, has thrown open the contest for the deputy presidency. But it has not thrown it open very wide. Head and shoulders above all other candidates stand two women: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (70), minister in the presidency, and Naledi Pandor (66), the minister of higher education. The two are by far the most senior members of the present executive and are of impeccable standing in the ANC. But they will make very different leaders. Dlamini-Zuma is the better known among the public due to her prominent career in government and her campaign to become ANC president in 2017. A cabinet minister since 1994, she has held cabinet positions in health, foreign affairs, home affairs and most recently in the presidency. She also served as AU chairperson from 2012 to 2017.Dlamini-Zuma, a medical doctor by training, has a record of mostly good performance in government. In health and home affairs many even felt she excell...

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