AU contest won’t divide Africa – Dlamini-Zuma

2012-07-15 17:12

Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma believes her decision to stand against African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Jean Ping has not divided the continent.

“Elections should not be seen as divisive,” Dlamini-Zuma said today.

Dlamini-Zuma briefed the media at the continental body’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ahead of the election of the AU Commission chairperson.

She insisted that opposing Ping was part of democratic processes.

“Whoever wins, we should all support the winner,” Dlamini-Zuma said, adding that moving to Addis Ababa would not be a problem for her.

Dlamini-Zuma said if Ping won, she would support him.

“The continent is stronger than being fractured by an election between two people,” she said.

She said claims of the race being divisive were exaggerated.

Dlamini-Zuma said she is not only a candidate of the Southern African Development (SADC) but is representing women as well.

“No country can develop and reach its potential if it marginalises women. The continent understands that,” she said.

Dlamini-Zuma said women must compete for the position until they win.

“You can never catch if you don’t hunt,” she said.

She said suggestions that South Africa should not have fielded a candidate because the country is a continental powerhouse were unfair.

“It’s unfair to say you can only contribute to the AU if you’re from a small country,” she said.

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