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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

More speculation

Business Day speculates that the two major front runners for deputy president are Trevor Manuel and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. They quote a high level official saying that Mlambo-Ngcuka yesterday tentatively accepted the offer of the position from Mbeki, this after apparently having turned it down twice previously. The paper then goes on to say, however, that:

“Commentators said Mlambo-Ngcuka would be politically risky for Mbeki. “With (the Oilgate scandal) unresolved, her appointment would send conflicting messages on corruption at a time when Mbeki needs to be consistent on the issue,” said analyst Aubrey Matshiqi. Mlambo-Ngcuka is still under a cloud following revelations that her brother received R50000 from controversial businessman Sandi Majali, who has business interests in the energy sector. The issue is being investigated by public protector Lawrence Mushwana. It is the second time Mlambo-Ngcuka has been investigated by the office. In 2002 she was cleared by the public protector after she received a massive discount on a piece of expensive jewellery. Her appointment could also underscore suspicion that Zuma was removed for political reasons.”

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