The recent election for South Africa’s new Public Protector, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, a member of the African National Congress (ANC) facing party disciplinary action, made a surprising move. Despite her significant standing within the ANC, Dlamini Zuma defied party policy by voting in favor of Adv. Kholeka Gcaleka, who was nominated to replace the recently impeached Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
This unexpected vote by Dlamini Zuma has left the public and the academic community curious due to its departure from the ANC’s internal dynamics. The ANC and the Public Protector’s office could face significant consequences as a result of her unexpected support.
While Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s tenure was marred by controversy and legal challenges, she narrowly escaped impeachment. Dlamini Zuma’s decision not to support the impeachment vote made her subject to disciplinary action by the ANC, a party known for its discipline and loyalty to its leadership.
Dlamini Zuma’s departure from tradition took the ANC by surprise, and many saw Gcaleka’s confirmation as a fresh start for the Public Protector’s office.
Some view Dlamini Zuma’s action as a sign of internal discord within the ANC, while others believe it may be an attempt to improve her public image. However, her unexpected choice has sparked discussions about individualism, party loyalty, and the state of South Africa’s institutions.
The election of Kholeka Gcaleka as the Public Protector and Dlamini Zuma’s vote have introduced a new layer of complexity to South Africa’s ever-evolving political landscape. The entire nation now awaits the future of the ANC and the Public Protector’s position with bated breath.
— Newzroom Afrika (@Newzroom405) October 19, 2023