Top position for Baleka Mbete

2012-01-29 12:21

Johannesburg - Former deputy president Baleka Mbete has been appointed to the African Union's African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Panel of Eminent Persons, the presidency said on Sunday.

She was unanimously appointed by the African Peer Review Forum, on the margins of the African Union meeting currently under way in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The APRM is a unique African-initiated instrument that undertakes periodic peer reviews of participating African countries to strengthen and improve political, social and economic governance.

"The APRM is important because it encourages African nation states to not only make undertakings about good governance, but to work hard to make this pledge a reality. Given her experience and expertise, former deputy president Mbete will add a lot of value to this august body," President Jacob Zuma was quoted as saying in a statement.

Mbete also served as a Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.

  • Brian - 2012-01-29 12:33

    Isn't this woman the one who obtained her driver's licence illegally?

      Gerhard - 2012-01-29 12:42

      She was driving without a license and they caught her twice.

      Garth - 2012-01-29 13:03

      `Mbete was found to have received an improperly issued driver's license but not charged with any wrongdoing.' `Mbete said that she had been "too busy" to stand in queues.' `Mbete was one of more than 200 South African parliamentarians found to have misused subsidised travel privileges in the Travelgate scandal.' `She has been a staunch supporter of Tony Yengeni, a former ANC Chief Whip in parliament, who was convicted of defrauding parliament in 2004, even accompanying Yengeni to Pollsmoor Prison when he reported to serve his sentence.' `In 2006, Mbete chartered a jet at a cost of R471 900 (around US$60 000) to fly to Liberia for the inauguration of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as president. The only other passenger on the plane was a member of her staff.' And what does zuma have to say about this anc ignorant: "Given her experience and expertise, former deputy president Mbete will add a lot of value to this august body," yeah right! More like: add of lot body whilst tarnishing the value.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-29 13:38

      Indeed. So far this AU thing has dramatically improved the lives of people all over Africa. There is no poverty, no crime, no HIV, no human rights' violations. Oh wait a second... What exactly has this achieved? Support puppet regimes, supporting corruption and genocide, supporting tyrants and political fat cats. bleh...

      Jim - 2012-01-29 13:45

      This clown has to be a serious contender for "mamma africa" title......winnie will be restless...ha ha ha ha what a totally unbelievable situation, viva africa!!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-29 12:36

    I am sure Zuma had to force himself to make this "goodie" utterance on her.

  • Max - 2012-01-29 12:52

    If she can add alot of value to the body, it doesn't say much about the body...but then again we already knew that. I cannot think of one positive thing the AU has achieved. The AU is a non-event.

  • derrick.wilkie - 2012-01-29 13:31

    you go sister good luck.

      George - 2012-01-29 14:23

      Brainless idiots

  • Wendy - 2012-01-29 13:39

    I wonder what her matric results where?

      Shai - 2012-01-29 19:33

      its isnt about the marks u were getting in class, its about leadership charism....after all she fought for freedom which we were deprived for , by former regime, hence we believ, and trust on her leadership, so thus a.u cadre group. She will adress the african issues articulativly becaus she a real african .so stop chacharagin based on ur negative affiliation which is race in this case. n put critical, believable comments insted.

      Wim - 2012-01-29 21:28

      Shai, serving as a mattress for Mthondo we Siswe is not fighting for freedom.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-29 14:52

    ...just a sweetener to by pass our home affair minister Zuma not getting the chair as the first woman, despite extensive lobbying by Jacob Z ????.

  • Thabo - 2012-01-29 16:51

    Tt seems most white people think that all black people are corrupt!Thats why black people will never vote DA or any white party for that matter! keep on whinging you suckers!

      mike.clery - 2012-01-29 19:21

      So you're happy that corrupt, self-serving people are promoted to positions where they can keep stealing from YOU, as long as they're black?

      Jim - 2012-01-29 19:21

      Perhaps that's because most black people are corrupt...esp in the current government Thabo, this being at the expense of their black brothers like yourself who are either ignorant of the facts or simple inept, viva anc...ha ha ha

      Jim - 2012-01-29 19:25

      Don't you get it Thabo??? Don't you and your fellow suporters understand.......this anc are stealing from you and your childrens future...!!!

      bernpm - 2012-01-29 22:17

      Remember this head of Interpol?? What was his name again?????

  • stefventerza - 2012-01-29 17:29

    And so they did it again, put a criminal in allaspects in a high ranking position. Just to miss use her rights even more, Normal for SA goverment.

      Shai - 2012-01-29 19:27

      its uncultured to put comments based on certatain affiliation, which include race,tribe ect.Its clear to me tha most of white people are still doubting leadership of many africans, yeeh at some point they have critical premises to support thier comments, but in most cases they just chacharag based on the affiliations. in this case most whites just did so. Ur former grand fathers were more corrupt to such a way u couldt differincite between them and dogs.

      Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-30 05:50

      Shai: learn to spell you troll. It is obvious that you are too uneducated and brainwashed, not to mention racist, to be properly informed as to the REAL situation regarding South African politics, government corruption, or any other matter concerning everyday South African life. Seems you fit right in with the ANCestors.

      Garth - 2012-01-30 06:26

      @shai - are you for real you D-K test sample? Your comment is uncultured, in that it bastardises the English language to such a degree, as to be criminal! You are a typical candidate for anc leadership: arrogantly ignorant, racist, hypocritical and insulting to all who do not agree with your puerile thought processes. You go girl - next in line for elevation to that august body.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-01-29 19:24

    Good heavens.

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