11 September 2017

South Africa: Analysis - SA Parliament - a Placeholder Amid ANC Factional Battles

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Former AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize.
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Parliament is a political institution where not only broader dynamics of South Africa's body politic play out, but also the factional power-plays of the governing ANC. And that political character, rather than its legislative or oversight mandate, is again front and centre with the arrival of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former AU Commission Chairperson and ANC presidential hopeful, alongside Matthew Wolmarans, the ex-Rustenburg mayor whose 2012 murder conviction was overturned and set aside three years ago. By MARIANNE MERTEN.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's return to Parliament has fuelled speculation that she's headed for a ministerial post in yet another Cabinet reshuffle, word of which hit the grapevine last month after the no confidence motion that was defeated by a narrowing margin compared to the previous ones. As the contest for the ANC top post heats up, the argument in some circles is that a Cabinet post for Dlamini-Zuma, previously minister of health, home affairs and foreign affairs between 1994 and 2012, would strengthen her standing come the party's December elective national conference.

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