POLL: Is South Africa ready for a female president?

POLL: Is South Africa ready for a female president?

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's appearance at a church service jointly hosted by the Faith Ministry Church and the ANC Women’s League - has once again brought her candidacy as president into the spotlight. 

Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma
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Dlamini-Zuma served as the Chairperson of the African Union from 2012 to 2016 and was succeeded by Chad's Moussa Faki Mahamat. 

The ANCYL previously endorsed her as the ideal successor - saying it is time for a women president. She would be the first head of state in democratic South Africa - the highest position within the Presidency was held by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka who served as deputy president to Thabo Mbeki from 2005 to 2008. 

Further abroad, the world's first female head of state woman was Argentina's Isabel Martínez de Perón who was in office from 1974 to 1976. The figures have since increased seeing other female world leaders come to the fore. These include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia. 

According to UN Women, only 10 women are serving as Head of State and nine as government leaders - as of January this year. The representation of women in leadership is briefly illustrated below.

Women in Leadership
UN Women - official site

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During Dlamini-Zuma's first public appearance back home since leaving the African Union, she said women must be encouraged to participate in politics in Africa.

We're asking you, is South Africa ready for a female president? Vote below. 

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