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Opinion|| She Wants To Challenge Ramaphosa For President But Her Dirty Laundry Matches Her With Zuma

Former Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka who was the preferred candidate for President Mbeki to replace him has spoken out about her ambitions to become the country's sixth President.

MaNgcuka is quoted saying she will cross the bridge when she gets there. She made the comments on the sidelines of a conversation with young and old women in the Saxon world where she spoke about the social and economic emancipation of women. There have been rumors that Mlambo-Ngcuka might challenge the current ANC President at the next elective conference of the party.

According to MaNgcuka who returned from her duties at United Nations this year, she said she hasn't left politics which might be translated as saying she can challenge Ramaphosa if people want her to do that. She confirms that she'll never leave politics as she wants to make sure that democracy functions accordingly. The democracy she is talking about is to allow women to be elected for the highest office in the country.

Will, she becomes a better leader? For us to judge her accordingly we need to check her past whether is full of scandals or not. During Mlambo Ngcuka's tenure as Minister of Minerals and Energy the parastatal company PetroSA made an advance payment of ZR15 million to a private company imvume. In turn, it made ZR11million donations to the ANC ahead of the 2004 elections. It is alleged that Imvume has close links to the ANC. These events have been dubbed the Oilgate scandal by South African media.

Although there was never any evidence that Mlambo-Ngcuka was involved in any way media reports cast suspicion her way to clear her name Mlambo-Ngcuka asked South Africa Public Protector to investigate the issue. The subsequent report cleared her completely. Because Mlambo - Ngcuka's brother Bonga Mlambo was involved with immune on a planned hotel project at the time, he was at first alleged to have been involved in immune's oil business. These allegations also proved to be groundless.

She faced another controversy during the South African political scandals in January 2006 when it emerged that she went with her family and a friend Thuthukile Mazibuko-Skweyiya in December 2005, on a taxpayer-funded holiday at the cost of ZR 4 million to the United Arab Emirates. This was dabbed the Gravy Plane scandal by the South African media, and came at a sensitive time, as the ANC was preparing to fight local government elections. Mlambo-Ngcuka asked again the Public Protector to investigate and once again she was cleared of any wrongdoing. This Public Protector found that the South African security services had decided that because of security reasons a government plan was used for the journey and that Mlambo-Ngcuka had no role in influencing the decision.

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