Zuma arrives for AU summit

2012-07-14 10:31

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday for the 19th session of the African Union (AU) assembly, the department of international relations said.

Zuma was leading a delegation to the summit, where the election of a new chair is on the agenda.

The delegation included International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has nominated Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for the position.

He said Southern African countries never had the opportunity to serve as chair of the AU

"It is in the best interests of the African people in general and the AU in particular that the matter be finalised at this summit," said Zuma.

"We trust that the continent will rally behind the Southern Africa candidate [Dlamini-Zuma]."

The presidency said on Friday that the AU had adopted a policy on gender parity in its commission, and said the post had never been occupied by a woman.

There has been much controversy around the elections.

AFP reported on Friday that SADC had accused sitting AU chief Jean Ping, who is Gabon's foreign minister, of abusing AU resources in his election race.

Neither Ping nor Dlamini-Zuma won the two-thirds majority needed at the previous summit, despite several rounds of voting, leaving Ping in the post until a new election could be held.

Ping denied as "outright fallacy and fabrication" a report by the Sunday Times newspaper that he was pulling out of the race to allow Dlamini-Zuma to stand unopposed.

The assembly of the union sits on Sunday and Monday. It was not immediately clear when the chair would be elected.

If no candidate is elected this time around, Ping, who has held the post since 2008, could legally be asked to continue as interim head until the next summit in January 2013.

  • koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-07-14 10:39

    What can we do to prevent him from coming back. Can't we get some pirates to take care of him?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-14 11:22

      Make him king of Africa based out of Sudan. Move his clan there.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-14 10:57

    Since the Zuma clan have got their fingers in all the cookie jars in SA. Why not stick them in the AU cookie jar too.

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-14 11:04

    Just now he returns with an Ethiopian wife...

      Alice - 2012-07-14 11:22

      Shut up! You are also married to a Nigerian national as well 'Okonwo'

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-07-14 11:23

      Goodman , it wouldn't surprise me at all if he returned with some hot Ethiopian nyama.

      Millos Mpofu - 2012-07-14 12:05

      Baya kulaya bakukhomba bunguwe bakho.Xaba lolinwabu

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-14 14:02

      Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart, a famous novel by Achebe, as for me was born and bred in Soweto.

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-14 14:48

      Respect is earned.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-14 18:20

      Dino are you working in Prestitute Zuma's defence department or are you writing his speeches?

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-07-14 11:21

    They must look pretty cool arriving in ethiopia in the fancy suits and expensive plane. Blinged up like multibillionaires, their sunglasses alone are worth more than the average household income, all at the cost of the breadline working class taxpayer.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-14 13:29

      I wonder if his wife wore her fur coat.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-14 18:31

      jacqui you mean wives.

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-14 11:33

    Crossing my fingers; what embarrassment will this joke of a president cause us at the AU?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-14 13:30

      Dino is our new biblical troll.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-14 19:00

      BREAKING NEWS: Presitute Zuma DEPLOYED news24's infamous trol Dino Badman as his new defence minister ahead of the all important AU meeting in Hungary, I mean Ethiopia.\r\nMeanwhile the AU chief Jean Ping, called upon S Africans to embrace their loving and caring prestitute, saying at a media briefing that non of the other leaders at the meeting are any better than Zuma with the exclusion of Botswana (ofcoz).\r\n\So no need to cross your fingers Lindelwa, they are all a bunch of corrupt dictators, including myself\, Ping said.\r\nThe robbers and war lords will meet to discuss how to continue stealing from the poor where a fashion parade on a red carpet will mark the start of proceedings.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-07-14 11:35

    We will wait and see the outcome, Hope she makes it.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-14 11:38

    Africa is far too big for a Union of this type. For economic union there must be parity in development, and for cultural unity a record of human rights

      nspaynter - 2012-07-14 11:49

      I am reminded that the AU summit was moved from Malawi to Addis Ababa because their new President Joyce Banda threatened to arrest Sudan President al Bashir for human rights abuses. Most of Africa does not care about human right issues if it's black on black.

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-07-14 11:39

    and how many "back-up" planes full of freeloading fat-f*cks followed him there?

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-14 14:11

      The ZUMA might as well join the mile high club. 1 round for all times sake

  • Themba - 2012-07-14 12:57

    The AU is just a talk shop. They can't deal with tyrants among them, such as our ailing octogenarian neighbour Uncle Bob

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-14 13:27

    Maybe they can give him the chair and a place to stay.

  • pistonpete.outriders - 2012-07-14 13:35

    I hope the building collapses on their was built by the Chinese after appears that the combined might of africa cannot erect a building amongst ourselves. The commission dispersion must have been a sight...

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-14 21:04

    "Zuma arrives for AU summit" "Arrives" that the same as "comes" ?

  • ernest.mbhele - 2012-07-14 21:34

    you guyz are so full of hatred of Zuma and Amazulu such that you are even failing to be objective

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-15 12:32

    They run their own country and almost bled us dry now they are trying to get into the AU. power power power, where is power theres money.

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