- Several female candidates have been suggested as possible picks for deputy-president
- Of these, Naledi Pandor is said to be Ramaphosa's first choice
- This comes after the postponement of David Mabuza's swearing in as an MP
The postponement of David Mabuza's swearing-in as an MP has led to speculation that another candidate may replace him as deputy-president.
In particular, several women have been floated as possible picks for the job.
These include International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor and Minister in the Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Mabuza has put his swearing-in on hold as he attempts to fight the ANC integrity commission's finding that he was involved in corruption.
However, his window of opportunity for doing so is rapidly closing, as Ramaphosa is expected to announce his Cabinet on Monday.
As a result, someone else may soon take up the mantle as deputy-president. According to Sowetan Live, Ramaphosa's first choice is ANC veteran, Naledi Pandor.
Lindiwe Sisulu is also considered a possibility, as she and Ramaphosa are known to be close. Additionally, having served as international relations minister, Sisulu has the necessary experience to support Ramaphosa with foreign affairs and communicatingwith foreign investors.
However, a substantial faction within the ANC is expected to push hard for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to get the job.
This is the same section that supported Dlamini-Zuma for ANC leader at the 2017 Nasrec conference, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Selecting Dlamini-Zuma would probably appease the anti-Ramaphosa faction, but could place the president in a precarious position.
Indeed, if the pro-Zuma faction were to oust Ramaphosa, then their preferred candidate would assume the presidency.
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