Dlamini-Zuma backs calls for woman president

2016-10-24 16:46
South African interior minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks during a press conference as head of the African Union (AU) Commission. (Simon Maina, AFP)

South African interior minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks during a press conference as head of the African Union (AU) Commission. (Simon Maina, AFP)

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Johannesburg – AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has backed the ANC Women’s League’s call for a woman president to succeed President Jacob Zuma.

"If the women's league wants a woman president, let them work for it. Let us work for it. Why not?" Dlamini-Zuma said on Monday.

She was speaking on the sidelines of an African Editors’ Forum meeting, titled 'Popularising Agenda 2063'.

By 2063, the African Union hopes to have a peaceful and united Africa.

Dlamini-Zuma is due to step down from the AU in January and has been touted as one of the front-runners to become ANC president. She refused to say if she was the youth and women’s leagues’ favoured candidate.

"It's not on Agenda 2063. You are saying it's a rumour, so surely you don't want me to discuss rumours. But what is on Agenda 2063 is that women need to take their rightful place in society. They need to be in leadership, economy, academia and judiciary," Dlamini-Zuma said.

The ANC is expected to hold its elective conference 2017.

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