- With the elections behind us, the people of South Africa have reaffirmed their confidence in the African National Congress to lead the country
- Now the real work begins, with the President, his executive and all aspects of government facing the difficult task of fulfilling numerous promises made during campaigning
- Briefly.co.za takes a look at why Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma may well be the key ingredient for a successful term for the ruling party
With the elections in the bag, the ANC is now facing the daunting task of bringing the heralded 'New Dawn' to the people of South Africa.
Mzansi has made their request painfully clear: The people want change in government, accountability and their faith restored.
Briefly.co.za has a look at the reasons why Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma may well be able to aid the ANC in their quest to redeem themselves:
She may well be the best the ANC has to offer
President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to put his best foot forward going into his first official term as the elected president of the country.
In order to achieve this, he needs to ensure questionable characters are culled from key positions. With Dlamini-Zuma at his side, Ramaphosa would be able to champion his party as the clean, honest and untainted government he has portrayed in the run-up to this moment.
Dlamini-Zuma represents the best that the party has produced, and the political moment is calling for someone of her stature.
With the position of deputy-president calling for a leader of government business, someone with an in-depth understanding of the inner workings of the ministries, and providing a political direction without getting involved in operations, Dlamini-Zuma is a perfect candidate.
Serving as a minister of health, home affairs and a minister of the presidency, Dlamini-Zuma has led her departments with distinction, leaving behind an untainted legacy, reports News24.
A leader for South Africa, paving the way for the African continent
Dlamini-Zuma has served as the chairperson of the African Union Commission, which in turn would provide Ramaphosa with a vital enabler of strategic political and economic relations.
In recent times, South Africa has fallen from grace as the leader of the continent, ceasing to be the undisputed political pilot in continental challenges.
The success of the nation rests on the shoulders of the success of the continent, and Dlamini-Zuma is poised to aid in both regards.
A balm to the irritant of the ANC's stubborn factionalism
It is no secret that the ruling party has been plagued by factionalism in recent times, arguably one of the greatest challenges that Ramaphosa will face during his time in office.
However, the minister may well serve to calm this irritant, having proven herself above being a factionalist in the past.
Dlamini-Zuma could prove to be a critical antagonist to the tendency in the party, symbolising unity that is desperately needed.
A black woman in charge, at last
Black female South Africans were arguably the worst-hit by apartheid's exclusion, resulting in degradation, exclusion and marginalisation.
Women still bear the burden of this time, economically, politically and socially. The state needs to make inclusion a priority, putting leaders in place that can relate to and champion the move away from this tendency.
While Ramaphosa may be reluctant to replace David Mabuza as his second-in-command, he still has the option to make Dlamini-Zuma the first prime minister in the democratic nation of South Africa, and he would be well advised to do so.
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