Dlamini-Zuma meets Madiba, heads to AU

2012-10-03 17:17
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (AFP)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma paid a farewell visit to Nelson Mandela on Wednesday before leaving to take over as African Union Commission chairperson, her office said.

Dlamini-Zuma travelled to the icon's rural home town Qunu in the south of the country.

"The visit comes ahead of her scheduled departure for Addis Ababa on 12 October, to officially assume her duties as Chairperson of the African Union Commission," her ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma announced Science Minister Naledi Pandor would take over from Dlamini-Zuma to head home affairs, a ministry which issues identity documents and residence permits, and which is the custodian of public records on citizens.

Derek Hanekom would take over from Naledi Pandor as Science Minister.

Dlamini-Zuma is widely respected for turning the department into a success story after she took over the chaotic portfolio in 2009.

A trained medical doctor, she served under Mandela as South Africa's first health minister after all-race elections in 1994.

The vote ended apartheid and brought Mandela to power as the country's first black president.

Read more on:    au  |  nkosazana dlamini-zuma  |  nelson mandela

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

There is a tendency to get too caught up in group dynamics and high expectations and ideals, that your own personal needs and...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.