Sunday, February 01, 2004

As Andrew rightly predicted, Mbeki has refused to be drawn on the question of whether he might change the Constitution to run for a third term, with his spokesman saying that the President is not in the habit of taking instructions from the likes of Leon. Fair enough, I think that most politicians would respond in the same way. But it would be nice to have some clarity on this issue. I have heard, via a rather protracted grapevine, that Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is being groomed by Mbeki for the top job. I don't know enough about Zuma to comment but I'm not altogether sure that the ANC would be willing to accept a woman as its leader. Regardless, if the rumour is true it does suggest that Mbeki isn't looking to change the Constitution. Perhaps the make-up of Mbeki's post-election cabinet will give us some clues. Will Jacob Zuma still be Vice-President, for instance? Or will he be shunted into some sort of minor ministry? (P.S. I read this story yesterday and unfortunately can't find a link for it today.)

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