Dlamini-Zuma named AU commission chair

2012-07-15 22:01

Addis Ababa - Home Affairs Minister Home Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was elected on Sunday to become the first female head of the African Union Commission, ending a bruising leadership battle that had threatened to divide the organisation.

Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa's home affairs minister and an ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma, defeated incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon, who had been at the helm of the Commission, the AU's steering body, since 2008.

Dlamini-Zuma, a 63-year-old who has previously served as minister of health and foreign affairs, had to undergo three voting rounds before Ping, 69, was finally eliminated.

A final confidence vote of 37 in favour gave her the 60 % majority she needed to be elected.

The contest to head the Commission of the 54-member AU had been deadlocked since last year. It pitted French-speaking states, largely backing Ping, against mostly English-speaking countries, especially in southern Africa, which gave their support to Dlamini-Zuma.

The feverish impasse over the candidates had persisted through a summit of AU heads of state held in Addis Ababa at the weekend. It prompted the AU's rotating chairperson, Benin President Boni Yayi, to warn that failure by the continental body to resolve the leadership deadlock would divide it and undermine its credibility in the world.

Critics say the AU showed itself hesitant and slow-moving in its response to the conflicts last year in Libya and Ivory Coast, allowing Western governments to take lead roles.

  • will.t.reynolds - 2012-07-15 22:05

    congrts Ms Dlamini!!!

      smellarat.smith - 2012-07-15 22:33

      Amen to that! Congratulations from this Afrikaner too! South Africa has evolved from the pole-cat of the world prior to 1994 to the leader of Africa in 2012. We do have our problems , but this is a telling moment.

      tommo.too - 2012-07-16 00:14

      Aw, common Frank. Give the lady å chance man. I like her. Shes tough ad nails and knows what Shes doing after all

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-16 00:35

      Congratulations Mrs Dlamini Zuma. This is a huge responsiblity for SA, to bring back respect to this organitation !!

      will.t.reynolds - 2012-07-16 00:39

      shes the 1st lady to head the AU so i beleive she will do good. She has done good so far as regards the different departments (Ministries) she has headed so go Mama Dlamini we all behind you mama!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-16 04:38

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Chairperson of the African Union Commission Designate Taking office July 2012 Deputy Erastus Mwencha Succeeding Jean Ping Minister of Home Affairs Incumbent Assumed office 10 May 2009 President Jacob Zuma , her ex husband Preceded by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Succeeded by TBD Minister of Foreign Affairs In office 14 June 1999 – 10 May 2009 President Thabo Mbeki Kgalema Motlanthe Preceded by Alfred Nzo Succeeded by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (International Relations and Cooperation) Minister of Health In office 10 May 1994 – 14 June 1999 President Nelson Mandela Preceded by Rina Venter Succeeded by Manto Tshabalala-Msimang Personal details Born (1949-01-27) 27 January 1949 (age 63) Natal, South Africa Political party African National Congress Alma mater University of Zululand University of Natal University of Bristol University of Liverpool

      tc.convulvulous - 2012-07-16 06:57

      Not so sure!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-16 07:01

      Well, she did divorce Zipper, so her judgment can't be all that bad.

      thozi - 2012-07-16 09:10

      One of the few Government Ministers regarded as a Minister for all South Africans, as opposed to one for the ANC only. She deserves this, she's been outstanding in her previous positions and I'm confident she will lead this one task as impartially and effectively as she's done before. My wholehearted congradulations to her... and to Africa.

      mukosit - 2012-07-16 09:11

      Not a good news.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-07-16 14:04

      Let’s celebrate when South Africa receives the African governance prize for excellence in African leadership. Meanwhile the AU has been accused of turning a blind eye to genocide in countries like Sudan and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe and other countries. The African Union at one point made Idi Amin the chairman of the A.U. — or, rather, of that organization's predecessor — and more recently allowed the disgusting Omar al-Bashir of Sudan to be the host of the A.U. summit. Time for Dlamini-Zuma to deal with dictatorships in Africa and bring Mugabe down. Focusing on the Islamist extremists in Mali, the conflict in DRC and the two Sudans would also be an idea.

      boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-07-16 15:14

      In the land of the asswholes the hemaroid is called the queen.

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-16 17:41

      Yes Congrats Mrs. Dlamini-Zuma

      Tumi - 2012-07-16 21:59

      Why you complain about deleted comments when you can comment using whispers101 here

      thabang.mbalathi.7 - 2012-07-17 13:15

      More qualifications than Tea Lady Zille.

  • Bonokwakhe-Mvunyelwa-Mbuthu - 2012-07-15 22:07

    She deserves it. She is very competent.

      spartanx93 - 2012-07-15 22:31

      you would not know competent if it hit you in the face.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-07-15 23:11

      spartanx93 - she was a horrible health minister but she is one of the most respected foreign minister in the world. That is just a fact. I am not even an ANC supporter but I got to say CONGRATS.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-16 06:03

      Mrs Dlamini Zuma , was NOT, Dr Beetroot Mrs Manto Thsabalala-Msimang was, (she passed away in december 2009)

      warmonger.everlast - 2012-07-16 08:27

      Indeed< and manto drank herself to death

      Ditantane - 2012-07-16 09:25

      farmfreund who cares what Europe thinks

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-07-16 14:31

      What a useless appointment to a useless organization and just more of a burden on South African taxpayers. The African Union was the brain child of former President Thabo Mbeki who always hoped to crown himself king of the entire Africa one day. It sprang from the Organization of African Unity that was founded in Addis Ababa in 1963 and collapsed in 2002 under its last chairperson…Thabo Mbeki. It had all sorts of lofty NWO ideals just like the European Union…Brotherhood of man…all singing Kumbaya, etc…Until somebody mentioned that dreadful word for Africans… “Membership Fees”. Suddenly the African nations all scattered like cockroaches when the kitchen light was switched on and Dear Thabo found himself standing alone in the playground licking his lonesome AU ice-cream cone with UN flavoring. It turned out that African Nations were only interested in the AU if South Africa paid all their membership fees and dues… which Thabo obviously did simply to keep his virtually still born child alive. To date, the AU union has done nothing and has produced nothing for Africa and in fact is just a bottomless pit into which white South African taxpayer's money disappears. So it only fits if such a useless organization is headed by an equally useless Chairperson, doesn’t it?

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-07-16 15:23

      Bankrolled by the ANC & their cronies, Dlamini-Zuma & Thabo Mbeki backed con artists Olga & Sigi Visser who were selling a useless AIDS drug "Virodene", its main ingredient Dimethylformamide was an industrial solvent used in paint strippers. They administered this chemical illegally to 11 patients. Dlamini-Zuma also wasted R14.3million on a useless Anti-Aids play "Sarafina II" writen by controversial Mbongeni Ngema, a fellow Zulu & close friend who was found guilty of hate speech. She further cut the budgets of top hospitals like Groote Schuur & Tygerberg saying that they had a pre-occupation with “diseases of the rich” (Heart Transplantation) & that the money should be spent on primary health care for blacks. She also launched an attack on what she called “Big Pharma” for exploiting poor blacks. Following severe budget cuts, standards at hospitals & top medical schools (internationally highly respected under apartheid) dropped significantly. Doctors emigrated in droves - the media called them “Zuma-Refugees”. To Dlamini-Zuma it was no problem. She simply imported sub standard Cuban doctors (most who were later forcibly deported) & forced SA medical doctors to work for a pittance at government hospitals for 2yrs in remote & dangerous areas. This increased the emigration of our top medical practitioners. The nurses followed suit. It can safely be said that Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, with the assistance of the ANC, ruined South Africa’s once proud health care system.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-07-16 15:56

      For that, Thabo Mbeki, when he became president, promoted Dlamini-Zuma to Minister of Foreign Affairs, which opened a whole new chapter for us. By 2001 three SA ambassadors and nine junior SA officials were under investigation for “unbecoming behavior”, ranging from financial fraud to sexual harassment and insubordination, while SA’s high commissioner to Ghana was found guilty of “persistent drunkenness”. The SA ambassador to Indonesia, Norman Mashabane was found guilty of sexual harassment of 22 different women. His “punishment” was a top job as advisor in the Limpopo premier, Sello Moloto’s, office at a salary of R500,000 a year back in 2003. He later, conveniently for the ANC, died in a car accident colliding with a truck. The former SA ambassador to Brazil, Mbulelo Rakwena, despite two damning reports finding him guilty of malversation of funds and large scale expenses fraud was promoted to head of the Latin American desk in Pretoria.

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-07-15 22:08

    This is good news indeed, it shows that Africa is slowly leaning towards gender equality

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-16 07:24

      If more women were to stay home and rear their children according to the Word of God the prisons would be less occupied by criminals!

      Andre - 2012-07-16 08:37

      Please before approaching the public; make sure of your facts. Madame Zuma's credentials: Department of Health: She was the inventor of the garlic and beetroot hocus-pocus and pushed her witchdoctor’s knowledge into the pockets of her drunken friend Manto. She invited hero Mbeki’s to Sarafina costing the taxpayers +R 14million. She puts this moron’s head full with aids-denial causing hundreds of thousand of aids related deaths. Not chickens but human beings. Department of Foreign affairs: To hide her incompetence, intellectual Mbeki replaced her to foreign affairs where she opened the South African borders for the destitute African refugees, Chinese and other communists around the world bringing the economy of South Africa to its knees. Department of internal affairs: Her last and most detrimental job!!! Removed the little work available for the unskilled South African workers and pushing them into crime to survive while she could play the compassionate Queen for all immigrants, legal and illegal. By now, not only the economy is in shambles but the unskilled workforce in South Africa too. Service into all government departments comes to a stand still, money becomes as scares as chicken teeth and South Africa is on the verge of collapse. And today, this anc delegate is expected to be hailed as the savior of AFRICA. Poor Africa.

      luvhani.mphagi - 2012-07-16 11:14

      Poor Andre...

  • sampi.papichoudieya - 2012-07-15 22:09

    wow.let see the change come to africa.too late to save kadaffi.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-07-15 22:09

    I'm not sure whether I should celebrate or not, I mean it can't be a good thing to have the ANC agenda going to the rest of Africa.

      vuyo.flavour - 2012-07-15 22:25

      Lol u sick man

      monde.sibisi - 2012-07-15 23:24

      The world does not revolve around the ANC dear boy

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-15 22:09

    We hope now to hear of AU doing things, taking meaningful action and having a measurable and viable plan

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-15 22:25

      Seriously! Someone here doesn't want a plan?

      ricky.hammer.92 - 2012-07-16 07:19

      The AU wouldn't know what to wipe it's rear end with in a toilet paper factory,they are a joke,now led by a woman who clearly can't be too bright. The only smart thing she ever did was get a divorce,which doesn't say too much seeing she married him in the 1st place.

  • bhekithemba.vellem - 2012-07-15 22:09

    wow congra to SA lady may she make us proud

  • mzuvukile.mbanjana - 2012-07-15 22:12

    Congratulations to Minister Dlamini Zuma, South Africa and SADC. Wishing her ALL the best in uniting Africa and Advancing African Agenda.

  • veldt66 - 2012-07-15 22:15

    Congratulations!!! change of scene away from the messy in S.A!

  • Singatha - 2012-07-15 22:15

    Eh,excuse my ignorance,what does it mean for me and you.If good then congrats to her and S.A.

      Singatha - 2012-07-16 10:29

      Hehehehe..all the thumb downs,please educate me on what it means or are we on a congrats bandwagon.(Ignorance is a state of being uninformed (lack of knowledge).

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-07-15 22:16

    To weak to chair the organization south africa is banana republic.

      khachane.thejane - 2012-07-16 06:39

      Stephen Radebe is a babana hence he thinks S.A. is a banana republic. Not all South Africans are bananas probably you and whites haters. You are probably from an elite surburb.

      khachane.thejane - 2012-07-16 06:40

      Stephen Radebe is a babana hence he thinks S.A. is a banana republic. Not all South Africans are bananas probably you and whites haters. You are probably from an elite surburb.

      monroek1 - 2012-07-16 07:45

      Amandla awethu ! Amandla awethu! Awethu ......!!! Congrats to the first woman AU Chairperson MaMa Nkosazana Dlamini~Zuma!!

  • Siyabonga Mkhwanazi - 2012-07-15 22:22

    Well Done.

  • pohamba.nenghwanya - 2012-07-15 22:23

    Congrats to her and the Sadc region.. I hope she would deliver..

  • Siyabonga Mkhwanazi - 2012-07-15 22:24

    Well done.

  • kwame.mahlaba - 2012-07-15 22:25

    Sad loss for SA but great step for her. \r\nThe African agenda has been lost in the Zuma presidency. \r\nThe other sad thing is that we are going to have a new minister who's going to want all the bells and whistles of being a minister which will cost SA. \r\nLets hope this appointment will high-light Africa and its people so that we end Zinophobia. \r\nCongrats cde Dlamini-Zuma

      tommo.too - 2012-07-16 00:06

      @Kwame. I understood she will be continuing in her job here at the same time?? I hope so. We cannot afford to loose this lady. She is really really good!

  • thamsanqa.d.mahlangu - 2012-07-15 22:26


  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-07-15 22:26

    Charity begins at home. Put a woman leader in ANC, then to Presidency of the Republic. Little by little. Congratulations. It's a victory to all women.

  • leonardo.hendricks.1 - 2012-07-15 22:26

    Awesome. Make SA proud.

  • khashane.malatji - 2012-07-15 22:27

    S.A r jst kip addin salt to Nigerian wound eagr to be da power house of africa. Xem... BRICS,G20 nw AU top position

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-15 22:39

      Congrats Minister Dlamini-Zuma, Sad reality khashane is that soon the Nigerians will be, unless we change our ways.

      sazi.khanyile - 2012-07-16 06:52

      Our fellow white South Africans are not happy with her appointment,why are they still in this country if everything about this country is wrong?Ag shame!

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-16 20:12

      @Sazi, what is there to celebrate?? Will corruption, murder, theft, cadre deployment, escaping justice, all of a sudden now dissapear under the ALL NATIONAL CRIMINAL PARTY? She should recuse herself from that position in order to prevent further embarrasment to SA. God only know with what stupid ideas she will comes up there and not too mention the financial burden on us to keep that useless foundation floating!

  • Synomore - 2012-07-15 22:28

    Congratulation Nkosazane Zuma this is good for Sadc

      deemanyuwa - 2012-07-15 22:56

      Good for Africa.

      Synomore - 2012-07-15 23:01

      Yes it is good for Africa but it is first for sadc after 49yrs no offence

  • mzukisi.sinxoshe - 2012-07-15 22:31

    Well done mama uZuma

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-07-15 22:43

    The Zumas are not only controlling South Africa. NOW Africa! It can only mean one thing, more corruption. More money to chow for Khulubuse and the Zuma family!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-15 23:28

      I think if Ms Dlamini Zuma was still within the Zuma fold she would still be Mrs Zuma, don't you think?

      salee.sithwell - 2012-07-16 00:07

      On this news24 forum, the "Zuma corruption" and dare I say, "general corruption" card is getting as tired as the racism card. Pulled out whenever fingertips meet the keyboard.

  • deemanyuwa - 2012-07-15 22:46

    AU made right choice for Africans.

  • mandla.ngubane - 2012-07-15 22:59

    Its good 4 Africas' development, change is good

  • thobekile.twala - 2012-07-15 23:01

    She deserves it. Congratulations to her, South Africa and our movement. Huge task ahead but I have confidence in her

      deemanyuwa - 2012-07-15 23:07

      You forgot Africans

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-15 23:08

    Congrats Nkosazana!! u r one of the few Ministers who knows what u r doing. It shows even in the way u have brought up yo kids, they r suceeding on their own through their studies rather than riding on the name of their father.

  • thanduxolo.mlanjana - 2012-07-15 23:10

    i hope this wont affect the great work she has done in the Home affairs department. i know she will do a better job than her predecessor given how she really transformed the home affairs. Africa Mayibuye.

      mthashalom - 2012-07-16 07:21

      Your brains must be frozen due to the weather. Which 'great work' has she done in the Home Affairs. U nid to defrost yo brain and start thinking strait

  • manluckysm - 2012-07-15 23:18

    Thanks to white

  • mouwane - 2012-07-15 23:28

    Congradulations to Miss Dlamini..Strong woman leadership is just what the AU need!!!

  • morati.maropola - 2012-07-15 23:48

    You have the qualities to steer the AU. I am proud of you

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-15 23:58

    So proud!! Congrats madam chair. You're the best!!!

  • marah.louw - 2012-07-16 00:00

    Congratulations Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.... You've made ALL African Women ...Proud, next wish is that you become the First female President in Mzansi. Viva Amakhosikazi Viva.

  • esethu3 - 2012-07-16 00:31

    its days like these that I can Boldly say I AM A SOUTH AFRICAN, and I'm proud to be ONE.

      WILLIAM2012 - 2012-07-16 06:52

      I hope you boldly see the implications she will cause when half of Africa lands on your door step..?????

      nombuso.khumalo.54 - 2012-07-16 11:21

      Viva comrade, unapologetically african. Don't mind the hopeless haters, who feed on negativity

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-07-16 00:46

    Bla bla bla

  • iminathi.unathi - 2012-07-16 00:54

    Well done , I hope you will make South Africa and Africa proud.

      WILLIAM2012 - 2012-07-16 06:48

      Bla bla bla!!!!!!

  • enoch.mokhothu - 2012-07-16 00:58

    Good luck and congradulation for women of Africa

  • sello.mapeka - 2012-07-16 01:13

    Congrats minister, what a nice way to celebrate Madiba's birthday....

  • jujumolefe - 2012-07-16 01:16

    congrass madam,your contribution as a leader is always recognized

  • elvis.sibuyi - 2012-07-16 02:31

    Happy for you maNdlamini..hope you will unite africa especially SADC...keep the SADC flag fly higher and higher.. Ngiyabonga mina..

  • elvis.sibuyi - 2012-07-16 02:33

    Happy for you maNdlamini..hope you will unite africa especially SADC...keep the SADC flag fly higher and higher.. Ngiyabonga mina..

  • william.hallett.9 - 2012-07-16 02:44

    She has been hopeless in every department she has run in the government Now she can run the reast of Africa into the ground. WELL DONE SO CALLED DOCTOR ZUMA.!!!!!

      itumeleng.sebogodi - 2012-07-16 05:46

      Afrika would be full of womens on the leading position... Hope to see more drought soon WELL DONE TO HER!

      nombuso.khumalo.54 - 2012-07-16 11:15

      Why can't u take this post maybe ull do better ?. So much negativity and hatred!!!! Comon give the woman a break

  • isaacmodise.masiu - 2012-07-16 03:59

    Congratulations Nkosazana good things come to those who patiently wait u gave de fight u dserve it

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-07-16 04:33

    This woman has ran the dept of health into the ground,infact the current dissaray in that dept are the effects of her legacy.R14 million dissapeared under her rule in one go(remember the sarafina2 debacle).as minister of foreign affairs she was a non-entity and made no impact whatsoever.Under her tenure as minister of internal affairs more and more illegal immigrants has managed their way into SA and are putting south africans out of work,not too mention the criminal activities they partake in,reading all these well wishes and praises being heaped on her,it confirms once again that africans are in the bussiness of celebrating mediocrity,with her as chairman of the useless AU, let us brace ourselves for an influx of illegal aliens to our country on a much larger scale.

      donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-07-16 04:45

      And oh yes correct me if I'm wrong,is this not the same woman who endorsed Mbeki'denial of aids and thus refusing to issue ARV's,causing and are still the cause of millions of aids related deaths? I think the garlic and beetroot thing was actually her idea being implemented by her drunk,fraudulent sister in arms Manto,as I said correct me if I'm wrong.

      william.hallett.9 - 2012-07-16 04:51


      nombuso.khumalo.54 - 2012-07-16 11:07

      Hendricks !!!!! Are u not an alien as well, cause we never had any hendricks in africa. Africa is for black people. Unless if u r black ke

      npriem - 2012-07-17 09:39

      The only race in SA that is legally here is the Khoi San, so you black people that feel you are entitled to be here and everyone else must go can shut the hell up already because you starting to sound like a broken record. You would celebrate her achievement based not on the fact that she deserves it but because she's black, if she were white or coloured you wouldn't be as hyped up about it, simply because your people are the biggest racists of all...

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-07-16 05:11

    Congratulations south africa.AMANDlA

      Khetha Hlophe - 2012-07-16 06:35

      I think you wanted to say AMANDLA not AMANDIA otherwise they will label u as racist.

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-16 05:31

    Congratulations well done and well deserved!!

  • william.hallett.9 - 2012-07-16 05:35

    NOW, the price of beetroot is going to Skyrocket on the whole African continent!!!!!!

      mo.chalale - 2012-07-16 06:13

      It was in fact former and late Minister Manto Tshabalala Msimang who recommended beetroot and garlic for HIV/Aids... Not Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Get your facts right you retard!

      Warren Nel - 2012-07-16 06:18

      i think you are referring to another cANCer dissapointment...... alcoholic cadre ....Manto Shabalala Msimang

      senzo.mncwango.5 - 2012-07-16 06:47

      Poor William u can't hide your hatred 4 your fellow black south african,...wt a shame...wt a disgrace!!!

  • nkosingiphile.cofu - 2012-07-16 05:36

    There could never be any more deserving person to lead the AU the comrade Nkosazana. South Africa will definately miss her enthusiasm to work but Africa will benefit immensely. Igama lamakhosikazi malibongwe.

      WILLIAM2012 - 2012-07-16 06:39

      COFU, There is a more deserving person than her... A CLOWN!!!!!!!!

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-07-16 05:55

    Congrats and well wishes on your new task ahead....You deserve it Nkosazana, all the best..!!!!!!

  • kgaditsi.tjebane - 2012-07-16 06:10

    Congratulations now south africa can pay more attention to african issues,instead of being overly concerned by european issues.

  • barker.sepaela - 2012-07-16 06:11