Survival of eight attempts to unseat him has not been easy but a sign of loyalty from supporters to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma; an indication that he will make it to the end of his term that expires in 2019 and who ever he will back among the contenders who jostle for his Job will certainly be victorious.
There have been a lot of adversities that befell Zuma which includes the State capture, corruption, granting Zimbabwe’s first lady: Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity (of which he said of course, ” I wasn’t involved, … I am not a lawyer”) and the list of accusations is endless but the questions remains are those that vehemently pin point at him clean even if he might be guilty. Some of these accusations began before he came to power but whilst he contested for the African National Congress ( ANC).
Howso, did he manage to survive all this? Certainly democracy has been working in his favour his broad assessment of things both locally and internationally has surely helped him to survive politically. However, turning to the present day contentership to his job there are two candidates that are clear to start up rivalry to replace him: Nkosazana Dlamini – Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa.
Dhlamini – Zuma recently found her way into parliament as a Member of the House and her clean files will certainly act as leverage for her but they may also be a disfavour for her because mud will actually make people clean you in a democracy like South Africa that is associated with a mixed society in terms of morals. However, she has a diplomatic reputation that cannot be waved away by the hand, she has been a chairperson of the African Union an international reputation that allows her to make friends for the nation should she be president. Basically when voting for an ANC president the people automatically know they are voting for the president of the republic based on the deep history the party has.
Her triumph would presumably be for women emancipation and empowerment as she would be the first and contentship will have to be her A game. However, turning to her rivalry faction Cyril Ramaphosa it is not going to be an easy sail for her considering that daggers have already come out on Ramaphosa an indication that he is a very strong candidate that if left unchecked would take the victory. He has been in the media either through mistaken identity or the past mistakes that he made. But truth or falsehood the reality is more than half of the voting population would opt for someone with something in the pandora’s box than the one who has not because of the saying, “better the devil you know than the one you do not”.
Evenso, notwithstanding the democratic environment that surrounds South Africa it still remains a mystery of who will win considering that there are also some possible candidates who have not yet popped out in the open or whose Curriculum Vitaes the media has not yet vetted.