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Opinion|| Three Female Politicians Who Can Be Perfect Candidates For ANC Presidency Position

Leading a country as a president takes a lot of consideration, and the qualifications and leadership track must be the vital references to use before appointing an individual to partake in the possible list. Ramaphosa has good qualities based on his background and what he has studied for. Once his term ends an eligible candidate must take his place or succeed him as the new president. Below I have three women who befit the position of the president based on their careers.

Phumzile Mlambo- Ngcuka.

Mlambo -Ngcuka served as the deputy president from 2005 to 2008, she was the first woman to hold the position and at that point the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Country, During her period as deputy president of the country, she oversaw programs to combat poverty and ensure the poor benefited from the advantages of a growing economy. She became a member of parliament in 1994, Mlambo-Ngcuka was the deputy minister in the Department of Trade and Industry ( DTI) from 1996 until 1999 and at the same time, she founded the Gugulethu Community Development Corporation. From 1997 she served as a member of the national executive committee of the African National Congress as well as being the provincial vice-chairperson of the ANC in the Western Cape.

Mlambo -Ngcuka was also the Minister of Minerals and Energy from June 1999 to June 2005 and in the same period she was the driving force in the government's policy of creating New Order Mining Rights when ended a period where big mining firms which controlled nearly all South Africa minerals reserve, were able to hold mining rights. Ngcuka served as the acting minister of Arts, Culture, Science, and Technology from February 2004 to April 2004. She was the leader in the Southern African Development Community mission to observe the 2005 Zimbabwe parliamentary election, which applauded the Zimbabwe people for holding a peaceful, credible, and well-mannered election that reflects the will of the people.

Baleka Mbete

Mbete was the elected secretary-general of the ANC Women's League, and she served from 1991 to 1993 and she became the ANC's MP in 1994 and was appointed chair of the ANC parliamentary caucus in 1995. From 1994 to 2004 she was then elected as the National Assembly Speaker and the member of the presidential panel on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the ANC National Executive Committee, and the Pan-African Parliament. Mbete became the 52nd National Elective conference of the ANC held in Polokwane and was also elected the ANC's national chairperson.

After Thabo Mbeki was asked to resign as the president in 2008, Mbete accepted his resignation on 21st September. Many believed she was going to be the president and had it happened Mbete was going to be the first female head of state in the Country's history, but instead Kgalema Motlanthe took over. On the 23rd of September Mbete was announced by the SABC as the most likely candidate for Deputy President of South Africa after Phumzile Ngcuka resigned from her position. She was later appointed by Kgalema Motlanthe as the deputy president. In May 2014 Mbete was Nominated as the National Assembly Speaker for a second time, she got nominated unanimously on the 21st of May and beat her rival Democratic Alliance Nomsimo Balindela.

Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma

After the first all-inclusive South African elections of 1994, Dlamini Zuma was appointed as Minister of Health in the cabinet of President Nelson Mandela, where she continued the work of previous Minister of Health Rina Venter to racially desegregate the health system and broaden state anti-tobacco measures. Dlamini-Zuma introduced the Tobacco Products Amendment Bill in 1999, which made it illegal to smoke in public buildings.

In August 1995, against South African communication Services recommendations for cheaper and better HIV/AIDS awareness programs. the Department of Health awarded an R14,27 m contract to Mbongeni Ngema who is a good friend to Nkosazana to produce a sequel to the music Sarafina. Dlamini-Zuma also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2000, under both President Thabo and interim President Kgalema Motlanthe. At that time she was criticized for her quiet diplomacy in response to Zimbabwe's violent land invasions and anti-white sentiments.

She ran for the office of President of the African National Congress in 2017 but got defeated by Cyril Ramaphosa at the 54th National Conference of the African National Congress in December 2017, despite being heavily favored to win, and lost by only a few hundred votes.

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was a possible ANC candidate for Presidency in the 2009 election and the leadership of the party. She was nominated for the ANC political party's deputy presidency by four provinces aligned to President Thabo Mbeki. While the five provinces backed her ex-husband ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma preferred her as the national chairperson. Dlamini-Zuma was elected to the ANC's 80-member National Executive Committee in December 2007

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