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Lobbying for Dlamini-Zuma heats up

2012-07-03 15:37

Pretoria - Ministers from SADC countries met in Pretoria on Tuesday as lobbying for Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the African Union (AU) heated up.

Opening the event, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) was unanimous on appointing a woman to lead the continental league.

"In this decade of women, from 2010 to 2020, SADC and the southern region are presenting again a formidable candidate in respect of the heads of states' resolution to dedicate this decade to women," she said.

"We are guided, informed and inspired by one goal, which is the unity of our continent. We think we are now ready to deal with African problems and to provide African solutions."

The Pretoria meeting would assess the outcomes of several lobbying projects by the region in its bid to unseat the incumbent AU Commission chair, Jean Ping of Gabon. He has held the position since September 2008.

Elections on January 30 ended in a stalemate as neither Ping nor Dlamini-Zuma could garner the required two-thirds majority - despite several rounds of voting.

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

African leaders will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 19th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union in July. The new AU Commission chairman will be elected at the summit.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in Lilongwe, Malawi, but was moved after Malawi refused to welcome Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a war crimes suspect.

On Tuesday, Nkoana-Mashabane told delegates ministers were mandated by the heads of the state summit, held in Luanda, Angola, to "do some stock-taking" on the campaign process.

"After the extraordinary summit, we were mandated by the leaders to do the stock-taking today so that we will be able to go back and report to them about the status of our campaign," she said.

"Everywhere we have been [campaigning], not a single head of state differed with our viewpoints. This region has never been given the opportunity to hold this position in the 49 years of existence of this organisation," Nkoana-Mashabane said.

In June, regional heads of state, including President Jacob Zuma, assembled in Angola for the SADC Extraordinary Summit.

SADC Council chair Rebelo Pinto Chikoti said the Pretoria meeting would come up with a "final strategy" to guide the bloc into the upcoming Addis Ababa summit.

"We all know that our continent has not been going on very well, we have problems and challenges. We hope that at this meeting [in Pretoria] we will discuss in detail so that we can have a finalised strategy that will lead us into the summit now in Addis Ababa, instead of Malawi," he said.

"Today we will get time to listen to all recommendations that enable us to see how we can work during the African Union session," said Angola's Chikoti.

The meeting would also reflect on other political and security issues in the SADC region.

Comments
  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-03 15:49

    Mmmmmmm, is she not in charge of the corrupt Dept of Home Affairs?

      kmphasha - 2012-07-03 16:05

      Dept of Home Affairs got clean audit last year for the first time in 16 years.

      smili.fication - 2012-07-03 17:01

      A ZUMA HERE, A ZUMA THERE! A ZUMA EVERYWHERE!

      smili.fication - 2012-07-03 17:35

      Stfu you pathetic troll. Did I ask for your opinion?

  • Michael - 2012-07-03 16:11

    Extraordinary, SADC leaders lobbying for this undeniable incompetent to head the organisation, what lofty aspirations will be uncovered next? One can only assume that the SADC leaders now attach the same value to their African unity as does international economics to Greece.

      buck.ofama.313 - 2012-07-03 16:14

      Dont worry, she will fit right in, It's not like the AU is known for taking action.....

  • tshandazenzile - 2012-07-03 16:19

    She's a hard worker, I like herm

      tshandazenzile - 2012-07-03 16:21

      Her

      Press - 2012-07-03 18:05

      But from who will she take votes, Zuma or Motlante ?

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-03 16:25

    AU...if you want to appoit a woman you should condsider one that has behaved with integrity....Mrs Banda of Malawi is urely such a one. She is busy selling off ministerial bling such as her jet and top big men's mercedes. I for one have had enough of Zuma associates

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-07-03 16:34

    She used to be "ZeroUnderstandingofMedicalAffairs" now she is going to progress to "ZeroUnderstandingofManyAffairs"

      Press - 2012-07-03 18:06

      Hey, she new everything about Virodene . . . .

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-03 20:16

      She'll fit right in with the other potato heads

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-03 16:39

    And just when you thought Africa wouldn't get worse.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-03 16:41

    Doctor Potato? This site needs a facepalm smiley more every day.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-03 16:44

    This is just an image thing. Costing millions. It means nothing to the people, living in poverty. See me walk on this red carpet, you peasants!

  • silindile.mabaso.9 - 2012-07-03 17:32

    She did a great job turning Home Affairs around. Applied for my passport, received an sms within 2 weeks to go pick it up. If the ANC were smart, they'd keep her here in SA where we need hard-workers like her.

  • paul.bester1 - 2012-07-04 09:43

    This must be the most idiotic thing I've heard in awhile. This woman must be one of the most incompetent people on the planet.

  • balan.morgen - 2012-07-06 12:25

    that bitch is incompetent in every area.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-07 09:16

    Like I said before, the apple does'nt fall far from the tree. The zuma's believe they are very very powerful people now. Whats in it for them, must be some sort of enrichment.

  • mkhulu.mpofu - 2012-07-07 15:42

    not fit for that post wait and see people.

  • SA_Spinner - 2012-07-07 18:17

    This dumb-ass will just screw up the so called Africa union by doing what she and the rest of her ilk know how to do best, NOTHING!!! She did NOTHING for the department of health thats why its in such a state right now. The only reason home affairs has received a clean audit was so that they could put her name forward for nomination!!! Home affairs is rife with bribery, corruption and miss management. May the rest of Africa realise this and keep this useless good for nothing idiot as far away as possible!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-07 18:49

    Maybe my memory is failing me but was she not DR. BEETROOT at one time. If so, she sure has made progress. I know she did clean up home affairs but that does'nt mean she can manipulate the A.U. Think they may be wary of the Zuma clan.

  • SA_Spinner - 2012-07-07 19:21

    This dumb-ass will just screw up the so called Africa union by doing what she and the rest of her ilk know how to do best, NOTHING!!! She did NOTHING for the department of health thats why its in such a state right now. The only reason home affairs has received a clean audit was so that they could put her name forward for nomination!!! Home affairs is rife with bribery, corruption and miss management. May the rest of Africa realise this and keep this useless good for nothing idiot as far away as possible!

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