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Dlamini-Zuma punted for AU top job

2012-01-18 23:19

Bela-Bela - South Africa on Wednesday pushed its campaign for Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to head the African Union executive, a key post to be decided at a summit next week.

"We believe that Dr Dlamini-Zuma can build on the good work done by previous leaders as well as consolidate achievements made," Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told a press conference flanked by her cabinet colleague.

Dlamini-Zuma, a former foreign minister and ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma, is challenging Gabon's Jean Ping, who has been AU Commission chairperson since 2008 and is seeking another term.

Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa paid tribute to Ping and his predecessors for "their efforts towards enhancing the renewal of Africa".

Dlamini-Zuma said "development is at the top of the agenda" of next week's AU summit in Addis Ababa.

"The major direction AU is taking is about accelerating development in Africa," she said.

The 54 heads of state and government of the AU will hold a secret ballot at the January 29-30 summit to decide whether Ping gets a new term.

Dlamini-Zuma is backed by the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Ping has major support from French-speaking central and west African nations. He obtained the necessary two-thirds majority in the first round of voting in 2008.

Comments
  • Tony - 2012-01-19 00:21

    Cool - Lets look back on this Esteemed ladys track record shall we - Was minister of Health, then Foreign Affairs now Home Affairs. So lets look at those.... Health = State hospitals in disarray, not being paid, shortage of doctors (oops), er um OK... Foreign Affairs - we are considered a risk, need visa now for UK (where Mrs Zuma got her medical experience so by the way) and Fake SA passports found on terror suspects (ooops) er um, Home Affairs - most offices in the worst part of town we can find, with the slowest staff dealing with the public (one person commiting suicide in Pinetown due frustration after not being able to get an ID, (and my ID book convenietly arriving 3 days AFTER the elections 8)), then there is that corruption thing - Remember the Jo'burg office was closed for it ..... er um er.... in fact .... I mean .... Ja nee - GOOD LUCK Mrs. N Zuma. Oh and Bon Chance monsieur Ping, cette dame est de mauvaises presse si elle réussit !!!

      Francois - 2012-01-19 06:11

      Ai tog Tony, she use to sit on the Presidential staff! Mbeki's long time friend Tsabalala Msimang was the big culprit in Health, Foreign Affairs don't issue passports, not even for the Dalai Lama. Home affairs is actually doing better after Buthilazy and his Mbeki appointed successor started the rot. Dlamini Zuma also had to listen to her boss, Mbeki, who was not only the biggest racist since PW Botha, but also the biggest hypocrite since Jimmy Swaggart.

      Chris - 2012-01-19 09:06

      Hi Francois, Great observations there and to add to her achievements Home Affairs, for the very first time, got a clean audit.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-19 10:31

      Its exactly what the ANC do! Apply Nepotism and Corruption. Its like if my farm donkey was related to Zuma it would have an appointment in Parliament!

      procold2 - 2012-01-19 11:33

      ZUMA= zero understanding of medical affairs zero understanding of migrant affairs zero understanding of mkoko affairs so i presume zero understanding of main african-union

      John - 2012-01-28 22:32

      ZUMA= zero understanding of medical affairs zero understanding of migrant affairs zero understanding of mkoko affairs so i presume zero understanding of main african-union

  • Max - 2012-01-19 03:50

    Dlamini-Zuma as head of the AU, not even the AU is that desperate. But then again her words of wisdom such as "accelerating development in Africa" fits in perfectly with the AU strategy of "all talk with no results". "Accelerating development in Africa" is in the same league as "world peace", "save the whale", "eradicate hunger", "hug a tree", etc words normally used in answers at beauty pageants.

  • Seja - 2012-01-19 05:57

    Dlamini-Zuma has done a fantastic job at home affairs!! I went to apply for my passport the other day and was very impressed with the efficiency! The website gives updates on application progress and even the sms system works well - My document was ready within 14 days as I had hoped! Great work I must say - a BIG improvement over what Home-Affairs used to be!! - thats one of our very good ministers right there!!

      frank.hartry - 2012-01-28 22:19

      All this sycophantic praise to highly bpaid politicians that are doing their jobs. High praise for Gordhan and Manuel even though there has been the loss of billions of rands of taxpayers money on her watch. I remember that when Dlamini Zuma was Minister for health she gave away R13 million of taxpayers money to a musician for a failed AIDS musical/play. And when she was the foreign minister she supported the late disgraceful ambassador who proved to have sexually molested dozens of women in Indonesia. He was finally exposed in a court in Pretoria when an ex employee of foreign affairs sued him in a civil court for sexual harrassment and won her case. Dlamini -Zuma's department had to fork out taxpayers money in compensation. Now all of a sudden Dlamini- Zuma is the greatest politician in South Africa. We South Africans are a bunch of stcophants when it comes to these smelly politicians.

      John - 2012-01-28 22:48

      A passport in 14 days is not a fantastic job. It is just how bad it was before. Dlamini-Zuma was a medical doctor when the ANC tried to kill off 5 Million aids sufferers with Virodene = Benzene. ATTEMPTED GENOCIDE stopped by the Council of Medicines. Down Dlamini-Zuma Down!

  • tshepo.sello - 2012-01-19 06:17

    Good luck Mrs Dlamini Zuma,

      George - 2012-01-19 07:26

      Who needs luck when she can get by with stupidity

      Michael - 2012-01-19 10:21

      They (any ANC cadre) don't need luck - they can just put their fingers in the cookie jar - for mahala, ek se!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-19 10:46

      Ahhhhhh waant aahhh Maaaaseeedeeees benzz!

  • Tim - 2012-01-19 07:14

    To Tony, you are a racist. because she is black you punch holes on her. because she cant speak french you find that as a problem. the other northern african countries must learn to talk zulu too if that's the case. if she was a white candidate you were not gonna comment as you have done. niyasichaphata nine be lungu, sesikhatsi setfu lesi tsine labamnyama, kwemukeleni loko.

      Stoffel Hessell - 2012-01-19 08:06

      Tim please please please tell my why africa is in such a mess?? Famine, war, over population, bad governance, genicide, bloody. So the Dlamini Zuma issue is not about race, it's about facts!! Look what happened in SA since 1994? Zimbabwe after Ian Smith, and you can go on and on..include nigeria, somalia, ethiopia,eritria, congo..stop blaming racism and look at Africa as a whole.. Then compare it to Europe, America's and the rest of the world..

      Garth - 2012-01-19 08:57

      @Tim - never ceases to amaze how criticism of a black person is always seen as racism, no matter where one is in the world. One can criticize an under-performing white person anytime one wants to and he/she will never pull the race card, because we are cognizant of the fact that humans are fallible. It is palpably obvious that the world needs to wake up and see the useless for what they are, useless, regardless of skin colour.

  • Schalk - 2012-01-19 07:17

    If ever there was a showcase for the infinity of human stupidity it is Africa. It is counter evolutionary. Normal evolution takes the best and strongest elements and build on that for the future. In Africa they take the most incompetent and stupid and make them lead. What a disaster in the making...

  • George - 2012-01-19 07:49

    And here I thought the AU wanted to go forward. How silly of me

      madsipho - 2012-01-19 08:18

      George I know that she is black, and she is not going to be white anytime soon.

      Garth - 2012-01-19 09:02

      What the hell has her colour got to do with it? She is an inept politician that is part of an ineptocracy. We do not care what colour she is - just that she does the job that we are paying her to do. Get your racist a$$ out of here. Out! Outside!

      George - 2012-01-19 10:04

      @ madsipho, Please show me where race was brought into the comment.You must be couppled on the tot with her

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-19 09:01

    ppl r just being petty serious, there has been a massive improvement in Horrible Affairs since she took over, in contrast to the stark decline in Foreign Affairs since she left, m not saying she will be gud for AU, i just prefer judging ppl without my blinkers on....gudluck if she wins, only worry is Home Affairs might just go back to its best (or is it worst?)

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-19 10:18

      ...petty, serious.... English.fail = true

  • George - 2012-01-19 10:12

    Out with Eischhhhh and now in with AAAAAUUUUUUUUUUU

  • Graham - 2012-01-19 10:55

    Reply to "Newsreader-do you have black donkey?

      Garth - 2012-01-19 12:07

      Good one - and George above you has a black dog?

  • Patsy - 2012-01-19 10:58

    O M G !!!

  • Silver - 2012-01-19 11:08

    We need to consult an African intellectual about this. The question is what does Operah think?

  • nspaynter - 2012-01-21 09:12

    Well, it's back to beetroot! But now for the whole of Africa......

  • frank.hartry - 2012-01-28 22:21

    Politicians get high praise for doing what they are supposed to do and what they are very highly paid to do.

  • roi.boss1 - 2012-03-13 18:23

    its time for us south africans to take our rightful place on the african agenda and i must say that we as a country are actually doing well. those prophets of doom said that we wouldnt make it and they still are saying the same thing LOL. we still have the biggest economy in africa and the best infrastructure in africa we are highly rated we are democratic and we are well know to organise and host big events. so it will be a blessing for the suffering of africa to have a south african as head of the AU that way we can start helping them before they come to our shores. good luck minister

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