Dlamini-Zuma - Africa solutions needed

2012-08-01 22:12

Pretoria - Africa needed to find solutions to counter its array of problems, newly-elected AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Wednesday.

"If we don't find those solutions, who is going to find them for us?" she told reporters, after meeting a forum of former African leaders in Pretoria.

"As Africans, it may not be easy, but we have to find those solutions."

Flanked by chair of the forum of past leaders and former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Dlamini-Zuma said she was worried about armed conflict on the continent.

"We are worried about any conflict and it's important that we deal with those conflicts. If we had a way, we would prevent those conflict situations before they even start," she said.

"The SADC organ was meeting on Monday to look at the situation in the [Democratic Republic of] Congo and they are linking up with the chairperson of the Great Lakes Region. At this summit, the matter was also discussed."

Dlamini-Zuma said there were processes in place to end armed conflict on the continent.

Ministers from southern Africa on Monday opened talks, set to be dominated by the crisis in Madagascar and violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Top diplomats and security officials from the 15-member Southern African Development Community were meeting ahead of an annual summit of heads of state, to be held in Maputo on 17 and 18 August.


Turning to a the warrant of arrest against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Dlamini-Zuma said she respected the AU's stance.

"The AU took a decision that they would want that [warrant of arrest] to be deferred. They [AU] thought it was important to get peace in Sudan and President Bashir had to be part of finding peace.

"The AU had applied its mind and decided that it was more important to get peace in Sudan than to rush for the arrest. They asked for the arrest to be deferred and that decision still stands."

The continental body shifted its summit in July from Malawi to its headquarters in Ethiopia, after a dispute over Lilongwe's refusal to host al-Bashir, who faces war crimes charges.

She said the African continent needed to make construction of infrastructure a priority, to boost trade amongst member states.

"Without infrastructure that connects us, it would be very difficult to improve trade amongst us. There is an initiative now to try and see how we can get resources, amongst ourselves, to accelerate the [construction of] infrastructure."

The former African leaders who met with Dlamini-Zuma included Bakili Muluzi of Malawi, John Kufuor of Ghana, Ali Hassan Mwinyi of Tanzania and Karl Auguste Offman of Mauritius.

The ex-presidents are all members of the Africa Forum.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-08-01 22:37

    Africa solutions? Enough said

      warren.slater.353 - 2012-08-02 00:36

      It can't just be a solution...nope it has to be an AFRICAN solution...ironically that's part of the problem. What successful solutions have the AFRICAN Union ever proposed?

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-08-02 01:44

      These solutions will be forthcoming any century now. We are all holding our breath!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-02 17:11

      There never has been an african solution to an african problem. Last time I looked France had to intervene in Ivory Coast with the french foreign legion.

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-08-01 23:52

    Is this the stuid woman who told aids sufferers to eat beetroot and garlic as a possible aids cure?. If it is god help Africa!!.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-02 17:12

      She is the one that introduced the cuban style health services in this country that ruined all government hospitals.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-01 23:58

    \They (the) [AU] thought it was important to get peace in Sudan and President Bashir had to be part of finding peace\. The man is a mass murderer and should be arrested. Personally, I feel that you have failed your first test Dlamini-Zuma. You are suppose to bring change, not to go with how the brotherhood morons feels. I guess its \African solutions for African problems\. Protect the thieves, murderers and dictators.

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-02 00:14

    Surprisingly basic statement from her. She's normally really on the ball.Of course Africa needs solutions. But the causes behind the problems must also be addressed.

  • jlushaba - 2012-08-02 00:25

    Africa Solutions. . Thats very easy Madam, lets hav a strong AU army, just like UN. Send it to those countries that hav conflics to bring about peace. Have our own security council, improve education so we may also invent and invest in our own continent. Involve the whitemen in our democracy, I feel they r being left out and thats one of the problems in this continent. Dont just think of ur race only, love everyone on this continent. Colour shouldnt matter

      ndlovu.bhekinkosi - 2012-08-02 02:49

      jlushaba responding to yo comment,,, Strong army like AU wont solve and bring peace,, second education is commodity,, not everyone with education can be a jack of everything, and we can not be fortunate at the same time so lets create structures that promote innovations, i agree with you we need to get everyone involved ,, this thing of always talking about colonialism eg talking about black and white wont help us ,, this world is for everyone whether black or white.

  • ndlovu.bhekinkosi - 2012-08-02 02:39

    Mam Zuma ,, where have you been all along ,, all these solutions you are asking for are long overdue,, Actual african leaders shud be speaking the same voice as you are saying now ,, and i think to solve african problems it has to start from its leaders ,,how can you expect to see solutions yet the leaders are promoting those problems ,, its like trying to solve a problem with another problem ,, that wont work that way,, leaders shud create structures that promote those solutions, again the mindset has to change!!!otherwiz africa is just as good as garbage continent!!!

  • Michael - 2012-08-02 06:00

    I hate African solution that protect leaders who are killing their own people, such as albashir, gaddaffi and so on, if it was not for Nato,gaddaff could have butchered his own people while we are waiting for the so called African solution , Zim economy has collapsed because of African solution of TMbeki, we will wait and see how this so called african solution solve African problems.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-02 06:09

    After some 50 years of independence and emancipation and still looking for solutions. My, my.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-02 06:34

    This now takes "Animal Farm" laager mentality to the top of the steaming pile as Africa officially declares itself removed from the rest of the human world. There has to be a REASON WHY Africa has to divorce itself from the rest of the world and on a social level from people of other continents, explaining why Africans throw themselves into the sea in desperation to leave the continent too. SAD.....when we all know WE ALL are simply ONE WITH THE WORLD

  • Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2012-08-02 07:37

    More talk. A solution won't just happen out of thin air. Do something. Get off your fat ass and actually do something. Enough blah blah blah.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-02 07:44

    The only solution is to try to find some leaders who are not self serving. But one thing we know about "African" solutions, criticism of leaders in not tolerated. So I guess the status quo will remain indefinately, African leaders stick together, regardless of the consequences for their people. Yawn ....

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-02 07:55

    Stop worrying, the Chinese are working on it.

  • CORNHOLIO - 2012-08-02 08:10

    heres an african solution. hire malaysians & koreans to run our countries until we get our $hit together. a few dudes from singapore wouldnt hurt either.

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-08-02 08:14

      then nobody will have anything to say about racism or nepotism. we only hire the best experts and we do what they say

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-08-02 08:16

      then when weve got it together we run africa to benefit its people ,not foreign corporations and fat local leaders (parasites)

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-08-02 08:18

      how do you get the parasites to fire themselves though? that is really the biggest problem of all

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-02 08:15

    You are certainly going to have to be stronger than you are presently showing, actually sounds like you are just taking the stance from your fellow MAN. I hope you know your African history because you are going to need every bit of information you can get your hands on, otherwise Africa will explode on your watch. As you can see i am still giving you the benefit of doubt, but it is fading fast.

  • effect.molepo - 2012-08-02 10:44


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