SA's Dlamini-Zuma in AU chief bid

2011-09-21 13:58

Cape Town - Southern African countries want South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to replace Jean Ping as chief of the African Union, an official said on Wednesday.

The 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) has agreed to back Dlamini-Zuma, who served as foreign minister for a decade before her ex-husband President Jacob Zuma took office in 2009 and moved her to home affairs.

"All the SADC states have supported a position that our minister of home affairs needs to be recommended to take the position of chairperson of the AU, and South Africa is continuing to take that position forward," Deputy Foreign Minister Marius Fransman said.

"In our engagements with countries in Africa, they are very supportive of the perspective," Fransman told AFP.

"There is a lot of respect for our minister, minister Zuma, on this matter because of her role in the last 15, 20 years in South Africa in the context of foreign affairs."

The AU will vote in January for the chair held since 2008 by Ping of Gabon, who served as foreign minister and is a former president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Fransman said the backing of a candidate from southern Africa did not amount to geographical jostling for power within the bloc.

"It's not necessarily around geo-politicking playing," he said. "It's much more - we wouldn't have put forward a candidate if it was not a strong candidate as minister Zuma."

  • KarooOstrich - 2011-09-21 14:08

    What a bloody joke!! First she stuffed up the health dept, ZUMA stood for "Zero Understanding of Medical Affairs" then she was minister of foreign affairs when she can't even speak English properly. Well maybee she's all that's available in Africa for this post. Shame man.

      jds - 2011-09-21 14:16

      One can only laugh!!

      jazz - 2011-09-21 14:38

      On news 24 20/9/2011 NO STATS ON MIGRANTS IN SA "It emerged at the meeting that there were no statistics on foreign nationals in the country, either legally or illegally," Maunye said. She is doing a good job :-)

      Met - 2011-09-21 16:43

      Unbelieveble, but it does explain the state of Africa

      letsee - 2011-09-22 10:47

      She doesn't need to speak English to make a good minister.

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  • Michael - 2011-09-21 14:30

    @karooostrich i can only confirm that you are a real one with its head buried deep into the sand. If you had a brain at least the size of Ostrich's you could have put forward a suggested candidate, but because you are a retard, can only criticize.

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-21 15:08

      Why don't you apply for the post? Maybee your qualifications are better than hers.

      gatvol4corru - 2011-09-21 18:48

      be careful comrade -- your age exceeds your IQ

  • allows - 2011-09-21 14:31

    WTF. Hahahahahaha - thanks for the good laugh!

  • Dead Skunk - 2011-09-21 14:42

    Words fail me....

  • IC1 - 2011-09-21 15:13

    She's perfect for the job, Zero Understanding of Meddeling in Affairs, and no brains

  • IC1 - 2011-09-21 15:14

    They can also have that Mandela woman.

  • Zambezi - 2011-09-21 15:20

    So that while her AU Colleagues are "napping" she can take their watches, just like she did to patients at a hospital in Botswana, when she was"nursing" there. How can you (RSA) send a person like this to the AU... oh of course, majority of the AU is like this already!!!!!

      Rob13 - 2011-09-21 15:39

      Sorry, Zambezi. Wrong fat useless health minister.

      Met - 2011-09-21 16:54

      That was the minister with the destroyed liver who pinched watches from patient and who knows, what else?

      daaivark - 2011-09-22 11:01

      I think you may be confusing her with her successor.

  • braamc - 2011-09-21 15:50

    She is quite competent, making inroads and progress with that corrupt Home Affairs department, one of the few ministers making a difference.

      daaivark - 2011-09-22 11:02

      I agree, braamc. Who or what her EX husband is has no bearing on her ability.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-21 16:34

    A new job for Gadaffi?

  • GEvans - 2011-09-21 17:21

    Sorry guys, but I am an admirer of Dlamini. I think she did a fantastic job as Minister of Health. She has the ability to decide on a course of action and follow it through. Her biggest achievement was in the No Smoking legislation. As a smoker I was not that pleased, but, she was right. She did not stuff up the health department, Manto did. As forgeign minister she gleaned a wealth of experience and to the best of my knowledge did not embarass herself or our country. There were no "hand bag" issues. If any Zuma should have become our President, it was not Jacob, but his wife Dlamini. Jacob moving her to home affairs was an insult and a demotion. She did not support Jacob at Polakwani! I do believe that if anything, she will make a major contribution to the AU and help to turn it around from being an ineffectual body to a body that actually takes responsibility and gets the job done. As for speaking English properly, most speakers at the UN, leaders of countires around the world, do not speak English, they have translators!

      Mxhuma - 2011-09-21 17:29

      Thanks for a positive and insightful comment!

      raymond mazembe - 2011-09-21 21:45

      Evans, at least u have brains, not the othe Dickheads just wasting our time....

      daaivark - 2011-09-22 11:04

      YES GEvans. Nice and articulately laid out. Too many here who go off half-cocked, making crap assumptions based on inaccurate information.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-21 18:47

    Well,Jacob is there. Another corrupt-incompetent clown won't make much of a difference.She is bound to f that up as well!Load the pockets comrades! Feed her pumpkin!

  • letsee - 2011-09-22 10:47

    I thought she was going to "fix" home affairs !!!

  • letsee - 2011-09-22 10:48

    The lady has got the right connections and that's what counts in politics all over the world.

  • Patsy - 2012-01-31 16:34

    Is this the person who recommended beetroot and, was it lemons (?) to cure AIDS....? Or am I mistaken?

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