AU, UN must co-operate on peace - Zuma

2012-10-09 07:27

Johannesburg -The African Union and the UN should work together to secure peace on the continent, President Jacob Zuma said in Johannesburg on Monday.

"The AU Commission chairperson should assist us in promoting further co-operation with the United Nations so that the AU peace and security machinery can work closely with the UN Security Council machinery to bring about peace," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at a banquet in honour of AU chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Last month Dlamini-Zuma resigned from her position as minister of home affairs to take up her new post in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Zuma said there were a number of areas which would require Dlamini-Zuma'a attention, such as the Sahel region which was under pressure following the Arab spring.

Dlamini-Zuma's background suited her to the role.

"The [AU] Heads of State will have a chairperson who comes with the background and experience of peacemaking and conflict resolution, as she comes from a country that has been playing a positive role in peacemaking and peacekeeping since 1994."

AU ‘requires a strategist’

Zuma said Dlamini-Zuma understood how the AU could promote Africa's political and socio-economic development.

"The AU technical infrastructure at Addis [Ababa] requires a strategist, a politically astute individual, a team worker, a unifier and someone who can motivate commissioners and staff to do more to ensure success.

"Dr Dlamini-Zuma is such a person."

South Africa would support the AU to promote unity, peace, stability, prosperity and democracy in the continent.

Zuma thanked Dlamini-Zuma for "devout service" in her capacities as minister of health, foreign affairs and, most recently, home affairs.

"We know that you will do exceptionally well in Addis [Ababa].

"You have all of us standing behind you, ready to support you in whatever way possible," he said.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-10-09 07:39

    We have bigger problems at home presently. Please first concentrate on that.

      jason.children - 2012-10-09 07:46

      I agree, too many banquets and parties, patting each other on the back and not enough leadership at home. Need to focus on the crime and our stumbling economy. Bunch of useless "I wants"

      michael.heys.3 - 2012-10-09 08:07

      I agree, we need peace at home and not the violence displayed by miners and truckers and municipal workers coming next. Or do we need the AU and Un to help us because our Government certainly can't.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-09 10:06

      Exactly. Why talk about peace in Africa when your own country is in turmoil.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-09 11:40

      You've said it, Ben. These people are so busy gallivanting around the world telling others how to run their contries, and getting richer and richer, they cannot see what is under their own noses - nor do they care.

  • sazi.radebe - 2012-10-09 07:40

    Instead of focusing on other countries why don't you start at your own country in your own backyard with the turmoil that's going on with strikes???

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  • max.reynecke - 2012-10-09 07:41

    The AU is a non-event, the same as alL African leaders.

  • Nigel - 2012-10-09 07:41

    Another profound utterance stating the obvious.

  • Badger - 2012-10-09 07:44

    Forget about the continent, hows about your back yard, zumie !!!

  • Proudly Me - 2012-10-09 07:48

    The AU is a joke and a cash cow for people in it. The UN wont bother themselves with the idiotic, so dont bother. Focus on getting your own country out of the mess its in you moron.

  • pashman.malate - 2012-10-09 08:01

    bla,bla,bla....why don't you tell us more about Nkandlaville?

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-10-09 08:06

    South Africa is full of crime and justice system stinks, Zuma should concentrate on addressing the criminals in our Country.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-09 11:44

      As my late husband commented, "He couldn't run a piss-up in a brewery", never mind run a country. He's far too busy screwing the tax payers, the uneducated and the poverty stricken. e's not a leader's backside!

  • ianthe.exall - 2012-10-09 08:11

    Concentrate on South Africa Mr. President. The country is a mess and becoming worse by the day. Why should people invest in this country? Cut out the singing, dancing and giggling and become presidential. Where are you now while the country is in turmoil? Not a word from you.

      sydney.matubandlela - 2012-10-09 10:28

      What turmoil are you people talking about? If it's the current unrests in the mines, that's not. government's making, it is the selfish capitalists who are the cause of these unrests! And govt cannot intervene in every employer-employee dispute, there are systems in place to deal with those issues! The SA I am living in is definitely not in turmoil, that only exists in people's minds!

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-09 11:45

      He's too busy seeing that Nkandlaville goes ahead successfully.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-09 08:14

    Perhaps, after all, he should stick to subjects like this, and leave adult work to the adults. Wonder what was on the menu.

  • leroy.reynolds.353 - 2012-10-09 08:20

    africa = handouts

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-09 08:28

      Sounds like Zipper is practicing for the not-too-distant future with his begging bowl, just like mad Bob.

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-10-09 08:23

    charity begins @ home mr soon to be X president.....

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-09 08:26

    zuma how about worrying about SOUTH AFRICAS problems first, your not obama...

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-10-09 08:35

    two organisations that is a total waste of money and time.... au could not sort gadaffi or mubarack issues. un headquaters in new york yet america went to war with iraq with un saying they shouldnt. un doing great job in syria too....\r\nNot taking away the GREAT people that are working to make a positive change at the UN and i think the majority of them are!!!!\r\nbut its the leaders of the un and au failing people .... Zuma fits in perfectly there!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-09 08:37

    Positive yes, now resign as president

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-09 08:43

    UN and peace don't belong in the same sentence Mr Zuma.

  • patrickflynn73 - 2012-10-09 08:44

    Charity begins at home! how about starting with working toward making peace in our own country... and put a stop to all the riots and the strking and think of our economy for a change! All strikers should be arrested along with the union leaders!

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-09 08:44

    How about concentrating on your own country first, Mr Pres? Your so-called government's silence during the ongoing labour unrest, violence and anarchy has been deafening.

  • jola.jose.7 - 2012-10-09 09:12

    I wonder he understand what he's reading

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-09 09:16

    Eish, the King of Nkandla needs to clean up in his own back yard. His own country burning whilst the king of Nkandla sticks his nose in other peoples business.

  • dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-09 09:19

    Mr Prez, you speak about "peace" and "working together" [first sentence of article] about you practise what you preach, here, in our country.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-10-09 09:42

    You hoofman zuma and impis cannot even organize or manage peace in a zulu kraal, why now ask the UN who is mostly western for help or assistance, (sorry demand). Oh I see.... it must be for the financial bit that you are after, not enough left in in your goverment to steal anymore, WE DEMAND dollars now, there's no value in the rand anymore.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-10-09 09:47

    Talking tosh,AU supports Dictators,leaders with poor governance and corrupt like you.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-10-09 10:01

    Black Africa is failling its people through its leaders,allow me to applaud the white SouthAfricans business culture.

  • pierrie.vandermerwe - 2012-10-09 10:20

    wat weet jy standard 4

  • Oink - 2012-10-09 10:27

    'as she comes from a country that has been playing a positive role in peacemaking and peacekeeping since 1994' Yeah, like lesotho in 1998

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-09 11:04

    Zuma has as much credibility and ability as a sloth on roller skates.Resign and move on...SA would do better with u gone

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-09 11:37

    I'm curious, perhaps someone can put me straight. Is this new head of the AU the same idiot who denied the success of ARVs and promoted the efficacy of beetroot and lemons as cures for AIDS. If so, God help Africa. I see that JZ is advocating that the UN and the AU work together to promote peace........... There will be NO peace while there are dishonest and greedy governments. In fact by their actions they are actually promoting warfare

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-09 12:09

    Zuma, our own personal fog horn.

  • TheSingingHorse - 2012-10-09 12:13

    Blah Blah Blah whilst SA is bleeding

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-10-09 18:24

    Oh please! The AU and the UN should be designated to the waste basket, the UN is just a whore anyway.

  • jacqui.grigg - 2012-10-09 19:15

    Dear Zumsie. Why don't you leave the African Union and UN to do their thing and you concentrate on SOUTH AFRICA for a change. In case you didnt notice we are nearing meltdown. So everything you moaned and bitched and "fought" for for G0d knows how long is going down the tubes. Catch a wake up and prioritise.

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