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18 January 2017 15:53 (South Africa)

The Gender Contender: Dlamini-Zuma and Mbete vie to be the woman on top

  • Ranjeni Munusamy
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    Ranjeni Munusamy

    Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

Photo: (LEFT) Then the African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (L) talks to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma during the close of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (RIGHT) Baleka Mbete in Mangaung 2012. (Leonie Marinovich)

TRAINSPOTTER: Bankorp, BLF and the radioactive dust in our eyes

By Richard Poplak
Photo: A man allegedly involved in drug dealing or consumption lies lifeless on a street after being shot down by an unidentified gunmen in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, 24 December 2016. President Rodrigo Duterte launched a nationwide anti-drug campaign that has so far reportedly led to the deaths of more than 6,000 people killed in police raids and at the hands of vigilante groups since the campaign started on 30 June. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO ATTENTION

Trump, Duterte, Zuma and midget wrestling in the Philippines

Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa being received by Ambassador Claudinah Ramosepele in Switzerland ahead of WEF 2017 in Davos, 16 January 2017. (Photo: GCIS)

Davos 2017: Good vibrations as Ramaphosa greets SA’s business leadership

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Democratic Representative from Georgia John Lewis responds to a reporter’s question beside members of the Congressional Black Caucus at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 08 July 2016. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Trump v Lewis: It was always gonna be an Unequal Fight

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: President-elect Donald J Trump, Steve Hofmeyr.

President Trump, SA’s white right’s white knight?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini during the official opening of the Disability Rights Summit held at Saint Georges Hotel in Centurion, 10 March 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

SASSA’s deafening silence on April 1 readiness for monthly R10-billion grant handover

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Mmusi Maimane shakes hands with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. Picture: Mtshatshalazisi

Maimane in Israel: DA defends visit while attacks mount

By Greg Nicolson

Life after Office: Madonsela still following her Northern Star

By Marianne Merten
Photo: Martin Luther King at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. (Rowland Scherman; restored by Adam Cuerden - US National Archives and Records Administration)

Op-Ed: Martin Luther King’s path was not always triumphant

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein
Photo: J. Peter Pham has been mentioned for the job of assistant secretary of state for African affairs in a Trump administration. (Photo: Atlantic Council)

Analysis: The puzzle of Trump’s Africa policy

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A scene from Project Spear.

ABSA, SABC and the documentary that never aired

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President of the United States Barack Obama (R) welcomes President of South Africa Jacob Zuma (L) during the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, USA, 12 April 2010. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

A tale of two speeches: Zuma and Obama’s legacies, in their own words

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: SARS commissioner Tom Moyane (left), Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. (GCIS)

SARS WARS: Moyane/Gordhan cold war to reach breaking point in 2017

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: ANC SG Gwede Mantashe (Greg Nicolson / Daily Maverick)

Gwede Mantashe: Elect ANC leaders with succession in mind

By News24
Photo: US President-elect Donald Trump calls on reporters during a press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, New York, USA, 11 January 2017. Trump, who is set to take the Oath of Office on 20 January 2017, gave his first press conference in nearly 6 months. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Oh, the depths you will plumb: Trump’s first press conference, a painful spectacle

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: The Global Covenant of Mayors at the C40 Mayors Summit. Mayor Solly Msimanga of Tshwane

TRAINSPOTTER: Did Tshwane’s Solly Msimanga really break SA foreign policy?

By Richard Poplak
Photo: Supporters of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob Zuma sings party songs as he enters the voting station in Nkandla, April 22, 2009. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Parallel lines: Decline and fall of the ANC Women’s League

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Napoleon Webster, centre, during an EFF demonstration in Alexandra, 20 April 2015. (Greg Nicolson)

EFF activist’s Marikana murder charges ‘politically motivated’, say supporters

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: President Jacob Zuma walks with the ANC’s top six leaders to the front of the stage at the party’s 105th birthday celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Photo: Greg Nicolson.

Op-Ed: Nothing new in ANC January 8 statement

By Zwelinzima Vavi
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivan Markman.

Op-Ed: The ANC’s January 8th anniversary statement – then and now

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the party’s birthday celebrations in Soweto on Sunday. Photo: Greg Nicolson.

ANC at 105: Succession endorsement grabs spotlight as Zuma dances off the stage

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Then US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) appears with his wife Melania (L) and daughter Ivanka Trump (R) in an NBC Town Hall on the Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York, USA, 21 April 2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY

US: Donald Trump’s presidential transition to remember

By J Brooks Spector
Main photo: The ANC’s top six leaders, Zweli Mkhize, Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, Baleka Mbete, Gwede Mantashe and Jessie Duarte, celebrate at the party’s 105th birthday celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Photo: Greg Nicolson.

ANC’s January 8th Statement, 2017 edition: A Quest for Unity – or else

By Stephen Grootes

New Year’s resolution for 2017: Stop unaccountable state spying

By Jane Duncan
Photo: President Jacob Zuma and President Brahim Ghali, President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, address the media at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, 6 January 2017. (Photo: GCIS)

Letter to the Editor: Inalienable rights to independence

By Daily Maverick
Photo: Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Is this what the world felt like at the end of 1968?

By Tony Jackman
Photo: A billboard by pro-Serbian movement shows the image US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as a truck drives past in the town of Danilovgrad, Montenegro, 16 November 2016. EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

2016: The Year the World went crazy

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Morlocks from HG Wells’ War of The Worlds.

2016 International Person of the Year: The Troll

By Richard Poplak

Between the Lines: Judge Albie Sachs, Part Two

By John Matisonn