She says she doesn’t know a time when the ANC deputy president took over as the president.


The ANC doesn’t have a period in its history when a deputy president automatically became the president, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has said.

She was speaking during an interview with the SABC’sDumisani Ndimande aired on SABC radio stations on Tuesday evening.

Dlamini-Zuma, who has been nominated by the ANCWL, ANCYL and MKMVA to succeed President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s national elective conference in December, says since its formation in 1912 the ANC never had a tradition of a deputy taking over from a president.

“Even just recently Walter Sisulu was deputy president, did he become president?” she asked.

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Of the past 53 leadership terms, there are only three in ANC history when the deputy president became the president.

Oliver Tambo, who was deputy president in the 1960s, became the acting president in 1967 when President Chief Albert Luthuli died after being struck by a train in KZN but soon Tambo took over as the president after the 1969 consultative conference in Morogoro, Tanzania.

In 1994, Thabo Mbeki was elected to deputise the late President Nelson Mandela and took over as the president in 1997 and this time deputised by Jacob Zuma who also became the president in 2007.

(edited by MLM)

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