Dlamini-Zuma fails to clinch AU top job

2012-01-30 13:58

Addis Ababa – The African Union summit ended with an anti-climax today when neither of the candidates for the job of chairperson of the AU Commission succeeded.

Neither incumbent Jean Ping nor Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma managed to secure the two-thirds of votes needed to become commission chairperson – the administrative head of the AU.

Deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha from Kenya will now act in the position of chairperson until the next AU summit in July in Lilongwe, Malawi. A new contest will be held then, but Ping will not be allowed to compete. His failure to secure two-thirds of the vote, despite being the incumbent, is seen as a vote of no confidence.

In a nail biting contest three rounds of elections were held. In the first round, Ping won by three votes, in the second, Dlamini-Zuma won by two votes. When Ping clinched the third round, Dlamini-Zuma had to withdraw from the race – according to the rules. But the rules determined that Ping still had to secure two-thirds of the votes, which he failed to do.

In the corridors outside the Large Conference Hall in the new AU headquarters, officials and ministers were on tenterhooks during the process.

When the results became known, Dlamini-Zuma emerged from a holding room on the sidelines of the conference hall and sang and danced with female delegates from South Africa and other African countries. They insisted that although she did not get the top job, they managed to get rid of Ping, whom South African officials believes to be in the pocket of the French. Ping hails from French-speaking Gabon.

Officials were not sure whether Dlamini-Zuma would contest the position in the next summit.

Said one: “It will be a decision of cabinet whether she tries again.”

With disappointment all round delegates and officials crowded the tea tables to eat their sorrows away – the fluffy pastries came out at just the right time to be served with the trademark Ethiopian coffee.

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-30 14:03

    We just read this one.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-30 14:04

      "With disappointment all round delegates and officials crowded the tea tables to eat their sorrows away – the fluffy pastries came out at just the right time to be served with the trademark Ethiopian coffee." Sorry, my bad, this is new, critical information we did not read about in the last article.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-30 14:20

      There is a God out there!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-30 14:38

      YAYYYYYYYYY!!!!! Nepotism thrives in South Africa but outside the borders its actual qualifications thats needed! Going to celebrate!!! ANC - Nil, SA tax payer - 1. ....the gravy train cant go over the borders of SA. Ha ha ha!!

      Robert - 2012-01-30 15:50

      Dammit, we lost out on huge africa exports of African patato, Sweet pataotoes, beet root and garlic and many more agricultural stuff. Can they see this is the smartest woman ever. She would double the value of the euro. We lost out.

      Tc - 2012-01-30 16:01

      Once again, it proves that the damn ANC is not so loved in Africa as they claim! Even Africa sees through their pettiness and hidden agendas.

      John - 2012-01-30 18:23

      ...."Dlamini-Zuma sang and danced with female delegates from South Africa and other African countries".....sure South Africa has the best KnowHow in "Chiga Ma Chiga" politics.

      John - 2012-01-30 23:36

      Why should Dlamini-Zuma get anything? Because she wanted to kill off the 5 Million South African Aids sufferers with Virodene? Attempted Genocider! Or, as a medical doctor, she did not know that Virodene is Benzene? Ignorant doctor? False doctor? Because she killed the South African 5 Million Aids sufferers by refusing them medication? Genocider! Because she instituted Abortion on Demand? Another Million babies killed. Genocider!

      Jou - 2012-01-31 09:42

      Maybe she didn't have the Matreek Zemshen?

  • Bennie - 2012-01-30 14:05

    What will happen Next ? : Appeal , Appeal Appeal

      Peter - 2012-01-30 15:14

      Bribe,bribe ........

      Sharon - 2012-01-30 16:29

      from what I read there was a clear winner on the day - it was the fluffy pastries..

      Anthony - 2012-01-30 16:31

      Au revoir Madame Dlamini-Zuma

      George - 2012-01-30 16:32

      Just because im bleeek

  • Mark - 2012-01-30 14:06

    And the fat cats get fatter on pastries . Glad she never got the job , one ZUma in power is enough . If she did get it he would want to marry her again the muppet. More money wasted on a bunch of spin doctor terrorists.

      Nkulekweni - 2012-01-30 15:56

      Such is the level of argument.

  • baloyi.leonard - 2012-01-30 14:07

    as we have thought, how can she lead the AU while she is failing to manage her Horror Affairs".

      PointBlank - 2012-01-30 14:19

      How is she failing when Home Affairs received their first unqualified audit on 17 years???

      VoiceOfReason - 2012-01-30 14:33

      and judging by your comment pointblank you haven't been to a Home Affairs office in 17 years.

      Jairaj - 2012-01-30 14:42

      Home office has improved tremendously under Dlamini-Zuma. We went there for passports, id books, marriage certificates and birth certificates last month. All handled efficiently. I'm glad she must stay on and finish what she started

      PointBlank - 2012-01-30 14:43

      Really, that's funny I was there last year in fact. Got my ID book in 3 weeks then applied for my passport and got that in 10 days..Was assisted by friendly people and was out of there in 20 minutes each time.. Shame, sounds like you one of those bitter people who grumble because your nails grow.

      VoiceOfReason - 2012-01-30 14:57

      No but do draw the line to having to have to register my son's birth 3 times in 5 years because they can't seem to do their jobs. Also when applying for his unabridge birth certificate was told it will take 9 months to a year. I mean feck me does one have to apply for these things on the night of conception? Comparing this to my applying for copy certs in the UK I phone the registrar general in London give them the details such as type of cert and name (no ID number to make life easy for them there) and I get what I require posted to me within 2 days including unabridged birth certs.

      baloyi.leonard - 2012-01-30 15:12

      people please with the home affairs in the villages and most of the rural areas its a hustle to get all the ID, Certificates, she must not focus in the main department in Pretoria only.

      VoiceOfReason - 2012-01-30 15:18

      I was talking about Harrison Street in Jozzy, Randburg and Pretoria not some far flung village.

      baloyi.leonard - 2012-01-30 15:22

      those a big cities, why cant't you mention some areas in the part of KZN, Limpopo or Eastern Cape, you must also consider that

      VoiceOfReason - 2012-01-30 18:23

      because I don't live in any of those places so have no need to visit the HA offices there.

      Thulani - 2012-01-30 20:19

      Failing to manage home affairs? You are joking right? How come the Home affairs got a clean audit after 16 years. Is that not good enough to you? Have you visited your local home affairs recently? Please man give credit where it is due. Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is one of the best leaders ANC has ever produce. She has experience in the international affairs, she was a minister of foreign affairs, health and now home affairs. She is highly educated she is a medical doctor. she is NEC member of the ANC. She was a strong contender. No one won.

      baloyi.leonard - 2012-01-31 09:28

      at Thulani, we are not talking about ANC,NEC or Her qualifications, you people "Thulani" like using ANC as a stepping stone of ruining the country

  • Bennie - 2012-01-30 14:07

    They probably thought keeping her - will be to expensive to feed the hippo !!!

  • Fenderbender - 2012-01-30 14:08

    Thank you for that, I dont think South Africa can afford any more bad publicity by the hand of illiterate politicians.

      Bongani - 2012-01-31 11:17

      I think your comment would have sounded more intelligent if you kept it to your self.

  • Mike - 2012-01-30 14:10

    Are these AU people aware of the sorry state the Home Affairs Dept is in SA?

      PointBlank - 2012-01-30 14:21

  • Stan - 2012-01-30 14:10

    South Africa isn't quite popular on the continent...

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-30 14:12

    was the exam that difficult???

      Paul - 2012-01-30 14:31

      Pass mark was 25%%

  • Fredster - 2012-01-30 14:14

    You bladdy agents!!!

  • clivegoss - 2012-01-30 14:16


      PointBlank - 2012-01-30 14:20

  • De Guzmen - 2012-01-30 14:18

    wel done AU, the SA demention is prevailing to the world.

      Tc - 2012-01-30 16:08

      Hey, I must agree. Well done AU. Well done for not falling for under-hand dealings and hidden agendas of the ANC pluderers. I am impressed.

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-30 14:18

    In July they must send Thabo. In fact had they nominated Thabo for this one, he would've got it and he would've loved it. This is the sort of thing that turns Thabo on.

      Emmanuel - 2012-01-30 17:54

      I agree that Thabo Mbeki would have been a much better candidate for this sort of job. He's well versed in international relations, and has had been involved in attepts to resolve several conficts in Africa.

      Mantsho - 2012-01-30 18:31

      Apart from that Mbeki is well educated and well known.

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-01-30 14:20

    was it her looks?

      Cracker - 2012-01-30 15:21

      That WAS F.CKN FUNNY! I will laugh for the rest of the day.

      Juan - 2012-01-30 16:39

      No apartheid

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-30 14:20

    Vying for the top AU position yet she cannot sort out Horror Affairs!

      PointBlank - 2012-01-30 14:46

      I'm no fan but she did mange to get an unqualified audit, the first in 17 years... Just saying, use it don't use it..

      Tc - 2012-01-30 16:11

      Point Blank, unqualified audit does not give me any better service! Home Affairs remains a horror-afair, a disgrace to any intelligent human, an insult to South Africans.

  • Shistirrer - 2012-01-30 14:22

    "all round delegates and officials crowded the tea tables to eat their sorrows away" That's why they are round.

      Thokozane - 2012-01-30 15:46


  • Tilt777 - 2012-01-30 14:23

    Good - She is doing a great job at Dept. of Home Affairs and I want her to stay there. baloyi.leonard - you really need to catch up with what is going on there

      kholofelo.theko - 2012-01-30 15:15

      home affairs is doing, use the service then you will see, just make sure you have the required doumentation before you go there, you will see how efficient it's. Remember all HA offices serve all people regardless of race, the voulmes are higer than the previously "Whites only" offices you are used to...

      Gerhard - 2012-01-30 16:22

      Why can HA not keep the buildings maintained? LOL!

  • Cracker - 2012-01-30 14:24

    SA’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not good enough for the rest of Africa but her country is good enough to serve as the dumping site for the failures elsewhere on the continent. The SA Government should send the lot to our north - particularly the Zimbabwe lot - an account for the burdens we have to sit up with because of their f ups and political expedient moves to stay in power and to steal from their own citizens. In fact, South Africa should dump the whole lot of them. Keep the relationship strictly business-like and watch your back. No more freebies and niceties. And NO UBUNTU cr.p.

  • Mark - 2012-01-30 14:24

    Good! We don't need another South African oxygen thief in any positions of power bringing even more shame to our already tarnished international reputation. It will take years for other nations to forget the terrible record on human rights issues during our tenure on the UN Security Council. The AU needs real African leaders, not Chinese proxies.

  • Jennifer - 2012-01-30 14:24

    This is good I feel. This lady is more destructive than Keyser Soze!

  • kwazingcebo - 2012-01-30 14:33

    Zuma will win if she contest for position again especially if ping is not there.

      Albert - 2012-01-30 14:37

      The AU can`t afford a bigger chair.Weigh-less old doll.

      alexandra.nett - 2012-02-01 09:50

      Now why would Ping not be he going to go away South African style.....disappear. That NURSE (thats what she is....she aint no doctor) must first get her act together here on homegound.....she has been a constant embaressment to this country!

  • Chris - 2012-01-30 14:34

    As one of the very, very few ministers of whom we can be proud, I'd much rather you were committed to this country

      Schalk - 2012-01-30 14:44


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      Newsreader - 2012-01-30 21:16

      YEs, its like out of the 10 broken toilets, there is one flushing! Great!

  • Anton - 2012-01-30 14:36

    European delegates (yes there are there for some reason) rallied around Ping because of our years and years of supporting Mugabe,Gadaffi etc. We cannot expect to get top jobs when we have a poor stance on democracy and human rights in Africa. We cannot be trusted as a country, as simple as that.

  • Johnny - 2012-01-30 14:37

    "With disappointment all round delegates and officials crowded the tea tables to eat their sorrows away – the fluffy pastries came out at just the right time to be served with the trademark Ethiopian coffee." What a joke - typical !!

      PointBlank - 2012-01-30 14:45

      Typical what? Ethiopian tea or fluffy pastries?

  • Schalk - 2012-01-30 14:40

    I have to drink a stiff one to that decision. She is totally incompetent as her stint at Health and Home Affairs proved.

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-30 14:47

    ...most probably because the rest of Africa knows what the real causes of AIDS are and what constitutes good treatment thereof...

  • eyresa - 2012-01-30 14:48

    I think we must call a National strike and "DEMUND" that she be appointed immediately. In fact we should call for the whole of Africa to strike until our "demunds" are met

  • PhilipV - 2012-01-30 14:49

    Good people in Gabon have brains and I have a huge amount of respect for those people. Had the pleasure of working with them for a while.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-30 14:49

    Thank God she did not get it .............

  • Hermann - 2012-01-30 14:51

    How interesting, not even the African Union wants her!!

  • margiemeek - 2012-01-30 14:55

    Sorry she did not get the job but she comes over as not very bright. Perhaps a few English lessons might help.

      Lloyd - 2012-01-30 15:02 bright people speak english???...

      nicole.rudlin - 2012-01-30 15:56

      "comes over as not very bright"? Perhaps it is you, who are in need of some lessons, Margs dear.

      Eric - 2012-01-30 17:01

      is one of South Africa’s most powerful women, known for her competent management and stern personality.

  • - 2012-01-30 15:01

    The headquaters of the African Union says it all, the most brutal regime south of the sahara and north of limpopo is rewarded with being the HQ, just that Atto. Meles and his western backers will not be imposed on Africa.

  • Fanie - 2012-01-30 15:05

    Mr Zuma our " BELOVED " president must suck up to the Chinees to get your man in, oops your women in, oops one of your previous wifes. Your fairy tale speech of Africa can become better than Asia did not go down so well with them and was a good joke to the rest of the world.

  • Gibbaan Erasmus - 2012-01-30 15:06

    If the criteria was 'Worst person for job',she would've gotten it.

  • Fanie - 2012-01-30 15:11

    Don't fret my friends. She will get in the next round. If SA could pay billions to get Bafana Bafana to take part in world cup, it will take a couple of million of Bachees to get her in.

  • nibishaka - 2012-01-30 15:12

    A clear test for SA inconsistent Foreign Policy.

  • Joel - 2012-01-30 15:13

    Not nice to be sent on a wild goose chase by your ex-husband. I do not know what the ex-husband was thinking when he said "we are confident, we do not have any hesitations" on the eve of the vote. Then again we should thank the AU for sending her back home as she is needed here. She has to become president after Kgalema Motlanthe. But knowing the dirty politics of the ANC someone is going to send her on a wild goose chase again because they want to deprive the other side of a candidate in Mangaung. But if it is the ex-husband asking her to run again she should politely tell "Baba! khohlwa nga leyo, mina ngi ingcono ngi se khaya" (Daddy, forget about that, I am fine at home).

  • Ziggie - 2012-01-30 15:14

    Good, she would have made a bugger-up like in SA!!!!!!!

  • Mash - 2012-01-30 15:17

    With disappointment all round delegates --------------------------------------- Are they really round and fat while the rest of africans are emaciated.This is same,they are round drinking ethopian tea while ethopians in particular are dying.IS there mercy by this round people.

  • Waranya - 2012-01-30 15:17

    I think there was rigging! South Africa should request a vote recount. It must also view the videos of the voting hall for signs of vote buying and intimidate!

      Hermann - 2012-01-30 18:30

      I love it!!!!

  • jacques.vermaak - 2012-01-30 15:28


  • Masingita - 2012-01-30 15:31

    we proud of u mama cum july

  • Thoka - 2012-01-30 15:34

    Mrs Dlamini-Zuma is one of the honest serving member. Continue doing us proud mama. Peanut minded people fail to see your effort and what they do best critisize> halala

      Schalk - 2012-01-30 16:14

      The way you foolish ANC supporters keep on supporting the failures (read ministers) no wonder the country is moving backwards.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-30 15:49

    Hope they didn't have to use a second plane to transport other South African delegates.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-30 16:22

    She thought it will be a walk over. The rest of africa is bigger than mzansi and we don't really call the shots out there..good luck next time

  • Andre - 2012-01-30 16:23

    HA HA HA HA!!! LOOSER! Where are your ANC buddies now? Corruption and incompetence does not work other side of the borders...only in the ANC government! Just as good, you would just end up as an embarrassment for South Africa. What A joke!!

  • Brigitte - 2012-01-30 16:24

    Oh thank God she didn't get it! After the last potato and garlic debacle, how would she have made a twittish example of SA then?

  • William - 2012-01-30 16:27

    Now Africans have proven their stance regarding South Africa....Certain African countries despise us including Nigeria and yet their nationals are having good time in South Africa....ITS TIME TO DEPORT THEIR ILLEGAL NATIONALS BACK ANYWAY ITS THEIR LUGGAGE

  • Dean - 2012-01-30 16:29

    Just a small observation and maybe South Africa should take note - Danny Jordan with the CAF / COSAF and now Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma . How does Africa see South Africa or it's candidates ? just some thought. Dean Pinto Malawi

  • Shirley - 2012-01-30 16:29

    Some good news for the day at last!