Sat. Apr 20th, 2019

ANC vs DA vs EFF: What you should know about each potential first lady

We’ve got a teacher, an accountant and a Harvard graduate in our ranks, here. Whoever Mzansi’s next first lady is, we’re sure they’ll do a great job.

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With the 2019 Elections less than two months away, the most important vote in the last 25 years is creeping over the horizon. Only a fool would predict what happens from here, as the ANC faces a battle to keep hold of their once-formidable majority.

There’s a real chance they could dip below the 50% mark in May, which would could result in a coalition government forming for the first time in South African history. That would mean our most prevalent party leaders would have to get used to compromise, problem-solving and understanding as a team – much like one would have to in a marriage.

South Africa’s first lady

Which brings us here: We have three main candidates – Cyril Ramaphosa, Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema – who feel they are in pole position to secure leadership of the country for the next five years. All of the candidates are married men, and we’re firm believers that a husband isn’t much without the support of a strong partner.

So, before silly season gets too silly, we’ve come up with a quick guide to who our next first lady could be. We’re even looking at what the political leaders have had to say about their better halves, too. Just a heads-up: We reckon Julius Malema is the most romantic of the bunch…

The next first lady of South Africa: Who could it be?

Tshepo Motsepe – Cyril Ramaphosa’s wife and current first lady: ANC

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President Cyril Ramaphosa and his spouse Dr Tshepo Motsepe departing to Geneva (Photo: GCIS)

Education and career:

That’s Doctor Motsepe, to you. She earned her MBChB (a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, before going on to use her social standing for good. In one way or another, she has been involved in a hands-on charity role over the years:

  • African Self Help Trust (ASHA) – Current chairperson
  • South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) – Patron
  • Students Sponsorship Program (SSP) – Former board member

Greatest achievements:

You could really merge these with her career. She wasn’t just content with her medical degree. No, “Mrs Ramaphosa” went on to complete her Master of Public Health [MPH] in Maternal Child Health and Aging at the Harvard School of Public Health. That’s right, an Ivy League graduate is in the house!

She’s also established a respectable business portfolio, and she’s in good company with it. Both her husband Cyril and brother Patrice Motsepe have amassed huge personal wealth. Along with her duties as the current first lady, Tshepo rarely has a clear day in her diary.

What their husband has said about them:

Details of their private life have been kept under wraps. He very rarely mentions his other half in public: But Ramaphosa was forced to face up to a historical cheating scandal in 2017.

This prompted him to open up about the relationship he as with Tshepo. Cyril told the media that his wife had forgiven him for previous indiscretions and he maintained how grateful he was to still have her by his side.

Natalie Maimane, Mmusi Maimane’s wife, DA:

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, FEBRUARY 16: Mmusi and Natalie Maimane on the red carpet at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018 in Parliament on February 16, 2018 – Photo: Gallo Images / Ziyaad Douglas

Education and career

Natalie has a degree in English and History from the former Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg). Her love for language went together well with her religious beliefs, revealing that she and Maimane got to know each other better while attending church. Mrs Maimane used to work as a school teacher, too.

Greatest achievements

She has impressed many South Africans with her views on race in this country. Maimane says that pride in all of our heritage means we shouldn’t just see past skin colour, but embrace every part of a person’s identity. Rather than shying away from the issue, she has attempted to have a meaningful part in the discourse.

What their husband has said about them

Maimane certainly has a playful relationship Natalie, jokingly referring to her as his “BEE partner” and claiming the pair “didn’t make a great impression on each other” after forgetting their first meeting. The Maimanes’ different backgrounds are often a talking point. The DA leader said that the pair frequently discuss the issue of white privilege:

“I often remind her, I say: ‘you come from privilege, you must understand that’ – even though from an income point of view you may not have felt that way, but there was never a debate about the fact that you would end up at university, and I wouldn’t.”

“So understand that and know that you have a role in South Africa, to contribute towards building an integrated society.”

Mmusi Maimane

Mantwa Malema, Julius Malema’s wife, EFF:

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Photo: EFF / Twtter

Education and career

We know she has a university degree and went on to become an accountant in Johannesburg. She’s fiercely guarded her private life – which is perhaps the best course of action to take when Juju is you husband. You can find out a little more about the Malema family with our fact-file here.

Greatest achievements

Can we say her management of Julius is up there? Honestly, he’s like a different man when he’s talking about her. His loved-up Instagram posts and unwavering dedication to keeping Mantwa happy reveal a side to the CIC very few of us would have seen before.

What their husband has said about them

Take your pick: Mr Malema is perhaps the most open of the lot about his love for the Mrs, despite her living the quiet life:

“I had to rush home to spend quality time with my wife. Please allow me the privilege of being next to you for your next fifty birthdays to come, because it feels good. I love you my management.”

“We are committed to growing old together and building our own family. We are successfully doing exactly that. For as long as I keep falling in love with you, this marriage will never fail”

“Thank you for giving me a perfect love and for being there for the boys. I am deeply grateful for having you as my permanent partner and will always love you”

Julius Malema

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