Cyril Ramaphosa, currently the ANC and South African Deputy President, was a key player during the negotiations between the Apartheid government and black liberation parties towards a democratic South Africa in the early 1990s.
He took a step back from core politics in the late 1990s, after not being elected to serve as Deputy President under the late Nelson Mandela.
Ramaphosa later made a major comeback to politics when he was finally elected Deputy President of the ANC at its 53rd national elective conference in 2012 and as South Africa’s second-in-command in 2014.
As ANC tradition has it, Ramaphosa, like deputies before him, is now vying to succeed President Zuma at the 54th Elective Conference.
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has served in South African and African politics in various capacities, mostly notably as the Minister of Health in the late President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet and then as Minister of Home Affairs during President Zuma’s first term.
Dlamini Zuma, a qualified medical doctor, was married to President Zuma from 1982 until 1998 when they divorced. The pair has four children together
Her most recent post was as Chair of the African Union Commission, between 2012 and early 2017.
Dlamini Zuma returned from her term as AU chair earlier this year to lay the ground for her ANC presidential campaign. She currently serves as a Member of Parliament for the ANC.
The African National Congress (ANC) will host its 54th national elective conference from 16th to 20th December 2017. Like the last elective conference a decade ago, this is expected to be a political showdown of epic proportions as the lines have virtually been drawn between just two candidates - Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.