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Analysts: Will Dlamini-Zuma win the confidence of her alliance back home?

Dlamini-Zuma is returning to South Africa where she is considered as one of the front runners to succeed President Jacob Zuma.

FILE: Outgoing African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - As African Union Commission Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma prepares to leave office and head home, political analysts agree that if she’s serious about standing for the position of African National Congress (ANC) president, she needs to establish her profile.

Dlamini-Zuma, who was the first woman elected to the position in 2012, was supposed to step down in July last year but her term was extended for six months after no suitable candidate was identified.

While some will argue Dlamini-Zuma never really left the country, she is returning home where she is considered as one of the front runners to succeed President Jacob Zuma.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says, “All she has to do is maybe continue that presence and try to convince the league so she can retain support of the leagues, she has also got to find or carefully look into this process as to who would she be willing to get onto a compromised list with.”

Dr Somadoda Fikeni believes her priority must be to profile herself.

“Because the issue of being a woman has been played and sometimes overplayed, I am sure the detrimentof saying 'while she is a woman she has the following achievements...' and profile those.”

The analysts agree showing herself as a unifier and independent from factions and interest groups will help her campaign.

(Edited by Neo Koza)

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