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South Africa’s ANC Nominates First Woman as Premier of Key Province

  • Dube-Ncube has been in provincial executive since 2009
  • Former premier quit after losing provincial leadership contest
Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Nomusa Dube-Ncube

Photographer: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa’s ruling party has nominated Nomusa Dube-Ncube as premier of KwaZulu-Natal, the first woman to occupy the top job in the provincial government.

Dube-Ncube was nominated after interviews with her and two other women over the weekend, Bhekinkosi Mtolo, the African National Congress’s provincial secretary in KwaZulu-Natal, told reporters in a televised briefing on Monday. Once the region’s legislature, where the ANC has more than 50% of the seats, officially elects her, three of the country’s nine provinces will have a female as premier.