ANC welcomes Mbete's AU appointment

2012-01-30 11:01

Johannesburg - The ANC said on Monday it was pleased with the appointment of its chairperson Baleka Mbete to the African Union's African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) panel of eminent persons.

"The appointment of such an experienced leader and skilled internationalist augurs well for South Africa's ongoing effort to strengthen the work of the African Union and its organs with a view to bolster Africa's role in global issues," said ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga.

Motshekga said he was confident that the former deputy president of the country and former Speaker of Parliament, would do well in her post.

"Through her vast expertise and depth in politics...the institutional work of promoting high standards of governance for Africa's development will be enhanced," he said.

Mbete was unanimously appointed by the APRM, on the margins of the African Union meeting currently underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"[This] reaffirms the confidence our sister countries have in the important role our country plays in the continental's multilateral forums," said Motshekga.

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

  • PaasHaas - 2012-01-30 11:26

    Wonder if they knew she bought her drivers licence and if they do, do they care?

  • lindz.kok - 2012-01-30 11:34

    what does africa have to do with world afairs? lets drag the world doen to the same level of chaos!

  • Wayne - 2012-01-30 11:38

    Well, i guess congratulations are in order. I oly hope that she will be able to act impartially in her new role, seeing as she was singularly unable to do so in her role in cabinet.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-30 12:06

    If the anc likes Mbete-alreay a 100 red flags are raised!

  • Mike - 2012-01-30 12:09

    Oh great now the crook is running the African Union. Received an improperly issued drivers license, was involved in the Travel Gate scandal, chartered an aircraft to fly to Liberia and never flew with it and accompanied Yengeni to his jail term... I am not surprised why the African Union is such a lame duck!

      Xihlamariso - 2012-01-30 12:20

      What is wrong with you white people - please just leave the continet before we through you to the sea. I'm tired of your attitudes.

      Mike - 2012-01-30 14:15

      Oh my attitude is now wrong because I know the difference between right or wrong... and you can't "through" me into the sea - maybe try and throw me into it... and Xihlamariso I am so tired of your attitude too which protects and accepts crime, corruption and the day to day gravy train delivered by the ANC and its puppets. But since you are aligned with the Limpopo Young Professionals (as per your Facebook page) you have already first hand experiences how well things go if government steals you blind...

  • Thozi - 2012-01-30 12:26

    Judging by the turmoil in service delivery in SA and the pitiful performance of the AU as a whole, I guess it will be a case of "the more things change, the more they stay the same"... if you get my drift.

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  • Thabo - 2012-01-30 14:57

    When you go to one of these AA meetings, the first thing asked of you is to accept that you have a problem e.g "Hi, my name is PaasHaas and I'm an alcoholic". Now all these white racists in this forum plz introduce yourself and say "I'm a fool".

      bernpm - 2012-01-30 15:12

      @Thabo: I do not know about AA. How do you know? Does AA only help white racists and did they refuse to help you??

      Thabo - 2012-01-30 15:33

      @bernpm The world has advanced so much that you don't need to be in Cuba to know there is Cuba. So you don't read. I told you what to do to solve your problems. Now that you have introduced yourself, plz admit that you are a fool.

  • Samora - 2012-01-30 20:32

    excellent news. she can go be useless somewhere else

  • bsikwile - 2012-01-30 20:59

    yaa really there is something wrong with white people in south africa here we are we've just made sure we have a voice in africa for south africa to be heard in africa and the rest of the world but hey white people because they think they know too much better than any other ethnic group in this world they can't even see something good in thing that are for the betterment of our rainbow nation still trying to divide us please south african

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