Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Winnie Mandela & the ANC

From the New Zealand Herald:
"Nelson Mandela's former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is poised for a return to the centre stage of South African politics - and possibly a Cabinet job - after securing a top position on the African National Congress's list of future MPs.

The ANC list for the April 22 general election is headed by party president Jacob Zuma. South Africa's President, Kgalema Motlanthe, is second, followed by ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete and Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.

Her candidature could raise constitutional problems. Her 2003 sentence for fraud and theft while president of the ANC women's league was reduced on appeal in July 2004 from five years to 3.

The South African constitution bars convicted people from taking up elected office until five years has elapsed after their completed sentence."

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