“He will say to the women’s league, are you fighting for all women or are you fighting for an individual? He’s going to show them that the majority of his cabinet will be women,” said the source, who sits in the ANC national working committee and has intimate knowledge of discussions about the new cabinet.
Those who are assured a spot in Ramaphosa’s cabinet include fresh faces such as David Masondo, Ronald Lamola and Zizi Kodwa. ANC elections head Fikile Mbalula is also set for a return to the cabinet, this time as human settlements minister.
“I will do what the ANC says I must do. I don’t want to speak further than this because the feeling is when I respond I am arrogant and defensive,” she said to the Sunday Times.
Dlamini took a swipe at the ANC for how it has handled the deployment of premiers. She said discussions about women empowerment and development take place in the party “as if men are natural leaders”. The criteria for leadership, she said, do not accommodate women.