With her impeccable credentials, it came as no surprise when she was tipped as one of the frontrunners to be the country’s first female president. She is the first woman to head the African Union Commission. She has previously served in various Cabinet positions – her last being minister home affairs, a previously dysfunctional department which she transformed into the efficient government department it is today.
However, Dlamini-Zuma has compromised herself with her comments on the upgrades to her former husband’s private home in Nkandla, a blatant abuse of the taxpayers’ money that has outraged many South Africans. She said ordinary people were not interested in the Nkandla issue but were more worried about service delivery.
During her door-to-door campaign for the ruling party in Clermont near Durban, Dlamini-Zuma said it was only the media that was worried about Nkandla.
Dlamini-Zuma joins a long list of her comrades whose political survival depends on being a member of the Jacob Zuma cheerleaders’ club.