APPOINTED PRESIDENCY MINISTER: Former AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

The former Chairperson of the African Union (AU) and one time wife of President Jacob Zuma will be sworn in as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament next week.

According to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, it was always the ANC’s plan to deploy Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to Parliament after her tour of duty with the AU. The appointment of Dr. Dlamini Zuma has fuelled speculation that another Cabinet reshuffle is on the cards.

Asked if the plan is to deploy her in the government, Mr. Mantashe said: “We send people to Parliament, Parliament appoints chairpersons of portfolio committees and the president appoints a cabinet.”

But political analyst Professor Susan Booysen says there is no way Dlamini-Zuma will be a back bencher. “There will certainly be a position created for her sooner rather than later.”

Booysen also says Dlamini-Zuma’s deployment will help strengthen her campaign.

“It would propel her immediately to the centre of political attention, at a time when her campaign seriously needs some boosting.”