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By Hlengiwe Nhlabathi Political Reporter | Dec 11, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 72 ]

NORTH West ANC chairman Supra Mahumapelo wants to have a heart-to-heart with President Jacob Zuma to consider having a woman as deputy president of the country come 2014.

This would prepare her for the ultimate task of taking over the reigns from Zuma when his term ends in 2019.

Mahumapelo told Sowetan in an interview that the time was right for Zuma to "promote a woman to take over his position when he steps down".

He was going to talk to Zuma "to think very seriously about himself and to say the time is right".

Mahumapelo said if businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, as one of the contenders for the ruling party's deputy president along with Kgalema Motlanthe, won in Mangaung, he should not be made Zuma's right-hand man in government.

He suggested that Zuma must snub Ramaphosa and pick a woman to be his deputy in government.

While his notion may seem far-fetched, Mahumapelo was adamant it was possible.

"This is my philosophy. I'm writing a paper [about it]. We need to break this patriarchy in our society that says a woman can't lead the country," he said.

The ANC Women's League has refused to nominate one of their own for the top post and has instead backed Zuma's campaign for a second term.

The furthest the league could go was to nominate national executive committee member Jessie Duarte for the position ofsecretary-general. The league's all other candidates are men.

Recently defending the league's reluctance to back one of their own for the ANC's top position and ultimately president of the country, ANCWL president Angie Motshekga eluded to the unity of the ANC being more supreme than anything else.

She then quipped: "It will happen in your lifetime."

The league's Mpumalanga provincial secretary Clara Ndlovu recently remarked that ANC women were not ready for the top job.

Mahumapelo questioned this reasoning.

"There are women who are capable to lead this country," he said.

He was referring to African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has left the country to focus on her new job in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. - nhlabathih@sowetan.co.za

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u need to first have that women(Thuli for instance) who has show the leadership skills fit for a president, coz if u apoint a women for the sake of it then we r likely to get a female Zuma mos,
Women need to earn it first, experience have shown that women lack intergrity at work place(Thuli Madonsela excluded) where I work women seem to work for clients(or to please clients through corrupt ways) instead of the hand that pays their bill monthly, they are the weekest link in the corporate world(no offense to the realy dedicated sisters)

replacing one flop with another seem to be our thing neh?

Dec 13, 2012 12:3 | 0 replies

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"and no action or reactions to be precise"
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But this is what we've got with the present men being paid to direct the country.

Dec 11, 2012 12:15 | 0 replies

WOMAN!!! no, then the entire country would be ran on emotions and no action or reactions to be precise, i have been engaged wit women in power positions and yerrrr the background men really do the show

Dec 11, 2012 12:10 | 0 replies

@Voetzek put in better, "FREE FALL" and gravity not playing a part there

Dec 11, 2012 11:26 | 0 replies

Is Hellen Zille joining the ANC?

Dec 11, 2012 11:16 | 0 replies

If we begged Cynthia Carroll (ex Anglo American) to take over,complaints in the country would decrease substantially. LoL but true.

Dec 11, 2012 11:15 | 0 replies

Supra! Are you a member of ANCWL?..........

You are devisive, and a careerist.......Please shart-up your big mouth.

You and Showara you are not the braunchies of the ANC.

In your dreams Papa..

Dec 11, 2012 11:14 | 0 replies

@Hail o jok wena, o bua ka bo "mmangwana...thipa..ka bo haleng". are you for real now? This is real stuff we are not talking here about bed time stories here. Take a step back. tell me of any successful (and i mean successful ) country that went to war and send its women on a front line to fight the country's war? hao batla hale di blumase in an economic war.. go ask Vavi..ke wane o tsama ka dibody guards today, for just uttering few words in this economic space. majanada a batla ho qesha

Dec 11, 2012 11:7 | 0 replies

Can you give us the name of that woman. Out of all woman that are leading the organisation none have confidence. The woman that must be suggested must be highly confident. I don'nt think at this time for position fight happening within the ANC can a strong woman come up. Any woman that can take over must understand the SACP and Cosatu's needs and demands. As comrades for achieving any equality the President must understand Africans needs since we are still opressed by the DA. Our economic understanding is very complicated in such a way that some African people like Lekota ,Mazibuko and other opposition parties support the DA which is trying by all means to protect it's golds mine, Farms and properties of South Africa.

Dec 11, 2012 11:1 | 0 replies

why should it be a woman not you dude. which woman and for what.

you are such a lose canon. you have no one in the floor to take what you are suggesting. this is democracy. every leader must be democraticaly elected whether a woman or man.

you are full of hogwash and balderdash

Dec 11, 2012 10:59 | 0 replies

Supra you are sick

South Africa is not yet ready to be governed by women and I am not in anyway undermining the role of women but that's just a fact.

Dec 11, 2012 10:44 | 0 replies