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Dlamini-Zuma 'struggles to hold back tears'

2012-08-14 12:24

Cape Town – Newly appointed African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma failed to hold her tears back in Durban when scores of people honoured her for becoming the first woman to land the position.  

People in colourful traditional dress, member of the ANC Women's League and nurses danced in the streets to celebrate Dlamini-Zuma’s success, a report said on Tuesday.

Overwhelmed by the crowd outside the city hall, Dlamini-Zuma struggled to hold back tears but eventually managed to speak, according to Times Live.

"It's very humbling to arrive home and find such a welcoming honour. I'm very grateful to the ANC [African National Congress], which sent me to parliament after our first democratic elections," she said.

Dlamini-Zuma thanked former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and President Jacob Zuma for including her in their cabinets and giving her an opportunity to be part of the transformation of lives in South Africa.

Her priority now was to take orders from African people.

"Everyone must contribute and give direction on how they need Africa to be run," Dlamini-Zuma said.

She also said the issue of female mortality during childbirth is of great concern, and that the challenge within the organisation [AU] would be to make it more financially sustainable, the Witness reported.

"The organisation needs to be able to raise funds within it, while the donor money is welcomed; we need to be more sustainable."

Dlamini-Zuma landed the post after beating the incumbent, Gabon's Jean Ping, at the last session of the AU meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July.

She assumes her new office in October.

Comments
  • lulama.nokubeni - 2012-08-14 12:36

    Well done NKosazana Zuma. You have shown Africa that you are good at your job whether you were married to Zuma or not and that is what matters.

      Koos - 2012-08-14 12:43

      *shakes head*

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 13:24

      Before you go is there any chance of getting me my ID Book. And my wife says thanks for making her sit for 2 1/2 hours when she went to collect her ID book.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-08-14 13:44

      lulama, Good at what job????

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-09-09 12:44

      Actually, she has done a great job with the home affairs. The home affairs has gotten a lot better than it was. I agree she had a low base to start off with but other ministers would have worked hard to make it worse :). She improved it quite a bit. It is still not perfect, in fact far from perfect but good start. I must say, my experience with home affairs has been great so far. Also they rushed my ID so I could vote last year.

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-08-14 12:49

    What is she crying for? I thought this is not about position,the question is she going to fulfil the mandate if there is one

      lulama.nokubeni - 2012-08-14 14:20

      @ Mark Singh you are clearly an uneducated fool who doesn't even know anything about any of the ministers in our country

  • mgcini.ndlovu.9 - 2012-08-14 12:58

    Well done indeeed Nkosazana Dlamini - Dlamini it is so unfortunate that we have less ministers like you in this republic am very much sure that if we had 27 nkosazana dlamini Zuma as cabinet ministers, this country woul'd be the best place to be. Keep the good work Dlamini you have my respect

  • mgcini.ndlovu.9 - 2012-08-14 12:58

    Well done indeeed Nkosazana Dlamini - Dlamini it is so unfortunate that we have less ministers like you in this republic am very much sure that if we had 27 nkosazana dlamini Zuma as cabinet ministers, this country woul'd be the best place to be. Keep the good work Dlamini you have my respect

  • festivalj - 2012-08-14 12:59

    lovely Mama nice now you can stand for us VIVA

  • maongera - 2012-08-14 13:01

    We wish you all the best

  • brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-14 13:01

    OK your first job is to ensure food security in YOUR OWN COUNTRY. So what is your plan regarding the ongoing genocidal attacks being carried out against our farmers?

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-08-14 13:41

    I salute you Mama, The world has its support behind you. Stay focused only you will see. \r\n\r\nCongratulations!

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-08-14 13:45

      (facepalm)

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 18:17

      Mama? She's not my mama. Mine had class, dignity and sophistication.

      pisciotta - 2012-09-09 13:01

      The world doesn't care about this story.

  • musa.hlatshwayo.31 - 2012-08-14 13:52

    Wowu Mama kwaze kwaba kuhle ngibonge futhi ukwamukela kwakho lesisikhundla ebesikhonywa amadoda akusekho'okungakho engakusho ngadle kokuthi qhubeka ubeke induku ebandla sikhona thina sizokusekela..uqhubeke njalo..malibongwe igama lamakhosikazi malibongwe.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-14 14:15

      See http://isizulu.news24.com/NingizimuAfrika

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-14 14:30

    Actually we're all struggling to hold back our tears, but for very different reasons I fear.

      lysh.one - 2012-08-14 17:35

      U are a complete idiot i tell yah!!

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-14 14:49

    Well done. You proved most of us wrong. I have to admit that it included me.

  • MR B M NGUBANE [BEN] - 2013-12-27 15:09

    SHE'S THE BEST CANDIDATE - I'M SO THANKFUL MUM DLAMINI/ZUMA...

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