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Dlamini-Zuma seeks change in AU

2012-07-06 20:00

Johannesburg - Change in the leadership of the African Union could create an opportunity to make the AU more efficient, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Friday.

"I will go and render my services there as best as I can," she told a business briefing in Sandton.

"I think it would be good to get a change in the AU to try and improve the administration there... We can try and make it a more efficient and effective organisation."

Dlamini-Zuma, who is seeking election as chair of the AU, said it would not be difficult to unite the union despite differences between Anglophone (English-speaking) and Francophone (French-speaking) countries.

"You are implementing programmes that have been agreed upon by everybody, so you are not going to be consulting the Anglophone and the Francophone," she said.

"You will be taking what they have decided collectively and so implement it without fear or favour... I also think it is something we should eventually walk away from. I am not Anglophone, I'm Zulu."

If she was elected, she would be serving the AU and South Africa as part of the AU, guided by the organisation's regulations as a whole.

"I don't think it will have a direct impact, but if the AU is running smoothly and efficiently, that is a benefit to all of us."

She said that to unite the countries of Africa it would be important to figure out what drove them at a continental level as there were many differences between them.

"We need to look at what unites us now; driving economical development and dealing with underdevelopment and poverty... not try and make us the same."

The AU's elections in January ended in a stalemate with neither AU commission chairperson Jean Ping of Gabon, nor Dlamini-Zuma able to garner the required two-thirds majority despite several rounds of voting.

Ping has held the position since September 2008.

The AU then resolved that Ping, a former Gabonese foreign minister, should remain at the helm of the organisation until new polls were held.

The election is expected to take place at the AU's summit in Addis Ababa from Monday until July 16.

Comments
  • Vince.York - 2012-07-06 22:02

    Anymore riddles? even between the lines and over and above some unhealthy concepts of ME & MINE ABOVE ALL OTHERS AT ANY COST? that zuma syndrome has maybe already shown itself too brazenly and the rest of Africa recognizes it from whence it comes.

      bernpm - 2012-07-07 14:00

      Her promises, as reported above, do indeed not impress. The usual high level promises, while submissively offering her services. Wish her and the AU well. Might need her own plane :-)

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-07-06 22:31

    Hehehehe

  • ornella.ohoto - 2012-07-07 00:31

    AFRICA don't vote 4 this women she don't like us foreigner, today she want africa( sadec0 to vote for here

      Noedig Greene - 2012-07-07 10:18

      Ohoto as African as u r how would u want de Minister 2 like u? AU has been around for decades & Africa is still de same give her a chance. u r dealing ur chances a blow by joining de minority in bashing de minister in this country its norm 4 white dogs 2 bark @ black people.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-07 08:32

    The apple does'nt fall far from the tree. Seems the Zuma's believe themselves to be very powerful at the moment. Wait, one of them are going to take a very bad fall soon. I can see self enrichment on the cards.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-07 08:41

    \I will go and render my services there as best as I can,\.... can someone tell me what services she renders?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-07 10:20

      Think she still services Zuma?

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-07 10:19

    A name of an African politician and the word “efficient” should never be used in the same sentence.

      Noedig Greene - 2012-07-07 10:49

      koos remember ur life was saved by a African politician his name Nelson Mandela his preaching of peace&reconciliation was quite efficient.

      loadedvictory - 2012-07-07 11:12

      koos....koos...koos

  • loadedvictory - 2012-07-07 11:10

    I personally believe in Dlamini-Zuma. She was effective in office as the minister of International relations. \r\n*She managed to get Africa a temporary seat throuh negotiations in the security council. And negotiated for a permanent seat.\r\n*The ministry of home affairs has become more effecient after she deployed to that office. The cues have reduced. I.D making and delivery has been made more effecient. The fraud level has been reduced drastically. Forreigners with issues are those who don't have the neccessay documentation\r\n\r\nThe African Renaissance is the concept that African people and nations overcome the current challenges confronting the continent and achieve cultural, scientific, economic, etc. renewal. The African Renaissance concept was first articulated by Cheikh Anta Diop in a series of essays beginning in 1946, which are collected in his book \Towards the African RenaissanceThe African Renaissance is the concept that African people and nations overcome the current challenges confronting the continent and achieve cultural, scientific, economic, etc. renewal. The African Renaissance concept was first articulated\r\nby Cheikh Anta Diop in a series of essays beginning in 1946. This concept has been popularized by South African President Thabo Mbeki during and him minister of international relations, Dlamini-Zuma, in his term of office, heralding the beginning of The African Renaissance, and it continues to be a key part of the post-apartheid intellectual agenda.

  • ahmedabdeslam - 2012-07-16 10:12

    I like this: This is a good approch! "We need to look at what unites us now; driving economical development and dealing with underdevelopment and poverty... not try and make us the same."

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