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Ramaphosa Ponders Woman Running Mate in South African Party Race

  • Ex-deputy president Mlambo-Ngcuka said to be among candidates
  • Ramaphosa’s current deputy, David Mabuza, may seek second term
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka
Phumzile Mlambo-NguckaPhotographer: Mike Coppola/Getty Images 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is considering enlisting a woman as his running mate in a bid for a second term as leader of the ruling African National Congress, according to people with knowledge of his plans.

Among the options he’s considering is Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who served as the nation’s first female deputy president from 2005 to 2008 and is a former executive director of UN Women, said the people who asked not to be identified as they’re not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.