Becoming president of a country is by no means an easy task. Other than needing an impressive political CV, you often need more than just public support. Who you know and who your friends are, are just as important as your policies, track record and vision. Ask National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and MP Lindiwe Sisulu, who both probably feel a little deflated by comments from ANC Women’s League President Bathabile Dlamini. She has stated that the only presidential candidate the organisation will be backing is Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, according to Huffington Post.

Baleka Mbete has previously confirmed that she would run for president, and there has been speculation that Lindiwe Sisulu would also enter the race. The support of the Women’s League has now officially been withdrawn from the two other women candidates, which gives Dr Dlamini-Zuma a significant advantage in the bid to become South Africa’s first female president.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former ANC Treasurer General Mathews Phosa and current ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize are the other candidates in the race to take the presidential seat of the ANC, along with Dr Dlamini-Zuma. The ANCWL has provided Dr Dlamini-Zuma with a platform from which to campaign, as she has toured across the country in recent weeks and months raising support for her presidential bid.

We have been following Dr Dlamini-Zuma closely this year, and the likelihood of her becoming the next president of South Africa seems to be increasing.

For more on Dr Dlamini-Zuma – who looks like she may become South Africa’s first woman president – read our introduction to her here, and an exploration of her politics here.