South Africa's first female president could be president Zuma's ex-wife

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

The race for South Africa’s top job is heating up. Seventeen months into his job as deputy president, it was assumed that Cyril Ramaphosa—a former trade unionist, also one of South Africa’s richest men—would easily slide into the top job in 2019 when president Jacob Zuma steps down.

Ramaphosa, who made a return into politics in 2012 after a 10-year sojourn, has always had presidential ambitions. In 1997, Ramaphosa was considered as a favored successor for the presidency by Nelson Mandela, but this plan was thwarted by the skillful Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s former president, who outmaneuvered Ramaphosa in the internal politics of the African National Congress (ANC), eventually becoming president.

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