- On this day in 2005, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka made history in South Africa
- She became the first woman to be elected as the deputy president of SA
- At the time, it made her the highest-ranking woman in the history of the country's government
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On 22 June, 2005, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka became the first woman in South Africa's history when she was elected as the deputy president.
The former Minister of Minerals & Energy succeeded Jacob Zuma - whom had been fired from the position by President Thabo Mbeki several days prior to Mlambo-Ngcuka's appointment.
Zuma was removed over his ties to Schabir Shaik, who was found guilty by the Durban High Court, SA History Online reported.
Msholozi had been implicated by Shaik during his testimony which led to Mbeki making the decision to remove him as the deputy head of state.
Mlambo-Ngcuka was awarded the position and she became the highest-ranking woman in Mzansi at the time.
Mlambo-Ngucka is married to the former controversial head of the National Director of Public Prosecution, Bulelani Ngcuka.
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Briefly.co.za learned she served as the deputy president from 2005 until 2008 after Mbeki stepped down from his position as the head of state.
Mlambo-Ngcuka was among several cabinet ministers who resigned following Mbeki's exit as president. She joined COPE in 2009 and in 2013, Mlambo-Ngcuka was sworn in as an United Nations (UN) official.
She is now the Executive Director of UN Women and the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
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