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What you need to know about Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma mabuza deputy presidentWe’ll have to wait until Sunday to see who gets appointed as the deputy president. As it stands, Dr Dlamini-Zuma is in the running.

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Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was seen with President Cyril Ramaphosa at inauguration rehearsals, leading many to believe that she may be South Africa’s next deputy president.

Minister in Parliament

Dr Dlamini-Zuma currently serves as the Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. She served as the Minister of Health from 1994 to 1999, and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2009.

During Jacob Zuma’s presidency, Dr Dlamini-Zuma served as Minister of Home Affairs from 2009 to 2012, and as Chair of the African Union Commission from 2012 until 2017, making her the first woman to hold the position.

Following that, Dr Dlamini-Zuma ran for the position of President. However, Cyril Ramaphosa defeated her during the 54th National Conference of the ANC in December 2017.

She is also a member of the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Working Committee (NWC).

In addition, Dr Dlamini Zuma has served as the President of the United Nations World Conference Against Racism (WCAR).

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Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma addresses African Editors and Press Officers, (Photos GCIS)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s Controversies

She made headlines back in March when Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane ruled that Dr Dlamini-Zuma didn’t break any laws when she awarded VIP protection in 2017.

She was accused of abusing the system. Bheki Cele revealed that the going figure for protecting a VIP is more than R63 000 per month. Dr Dlamini-Zuma was guarded from April to December 2017.

Also in 2017, Dr Dlamini-Zuma tweeted that the march against former President Jacob Zuma was “rubbish” and an example of white privilege. She deleted the tweet soon after.

“This [privilege] is what they’re protecting… hence some of us not part of this rubbish… they must join us for the march for our land they stole.”

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KAGISO, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 05: Supporters of ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma sing before President Jacob Zuma delivers the Oliver Tambo memorial lecture Chief Mogale Community hall on November 05, 2017 in Kagsio, South Africa. Zuma slammed critics of the mooted nuclear deal, suggesting that they didn’t know the country’s history. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Masi Losi)

Personal life and Education

Dr Dlamini-Zuma was born in Natal. She completed high school at the Amanzimtoti Training College before studying Zoology and Botany, and obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Zululand.

She studied medicine at the University of Natal. The South African Students Organisation elected Dr Dlamini-Zuma as deputy president in the early seventies. She completed her studies at the University of Bristol in the UK in 1978.

On her return to Africa, Dr Dlamini-Zuma worked as a medical doctor at the Mbabane Government Hospital in Swaziland. It’s also where she met her future husband, Jacob Zuma.

Dr Dlamini-Zuma married Jacob Zuma in 1982. They have four children – Msholozi, Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube, Nokuthula Nomaqhawe, and Thuthukile Zuma. Dr Dlamini-Zuma and Jacob Zuma filed for a divorce in 1998.

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