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Could Dlamini-Zuma be another Mbeki?

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

If another Thabo Mbeki is what South Africa needs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma could be it. She’s hardworking, stubborn, educated, aloof, and she follows her mind rather than popular opinion. As an added benefit she – in the eyes of many South Africans at least – carries the promise of an African Renaissance Part II, picking up where Mbeki’s African revival project floundered post-2008 when he was booted from the presidency.

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There is no question anymore that Dlamini-Zuma wants to be South Africa’s top boss. Her replacement at the AU will most likely be elected this week, and she will move back home from Addis Ababa in April after a three-month handover.

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