Dlamini-Zuma still aiming for AU top job

2012-07-10 22:34

Johannesburg - South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will again be a candidate for chair of the African Union commission when it holds a second election this week, her office said on Monday.

The AU's elections in January ended in a stalemate with neither Jean Ping of Gabon, who has held the chair since September 2008, nor Dlamini-Zuma able to garner the required two-thirds majority despite several rounds of voting.

At the time, the AU resolved that Ping, a former Gabonese foreign minister, remain at the helm until new polls were held.

Dlamini-Zuma, who has served as South Africa's foreign minister, would leave on Wednesday to attend the AU summit taking place in Addis Ababa on Sunday and Monday, said her spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa.

At the summit, the AU would elect a chair, a deputy chair and other commissioners, Mamoepa said in a statement.

The Southern African Development Community has nominated Dlamini-Zuma as the southern region of the AU's candidate for the chair.

"This comes in the context of the view that now is the time for the southern region to be afforded an opportunity to lead the AU commission," he said. The AU has not been led by a candidate from this region before.

Dlamini-Zuma had "both the capacity and the will to help the continent in its endeavours to create a better life for all Africans", Mamoepa said.

The South African delegation to Addis Ababa would be led by President Jacob Zuma, he said.

  • Tommo - 2012-07-10 23:35

    Hope she gets the job. Shes an excellent politician

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-11 00:43

      AU is a talk shop, very careful not to tread on traditional toes. Are we to believe that the calloused, yellowing and grime filled toe-hold that comprise the reps of the AU are going to allow Ms Dlamini-Zuma in with her shiny nail-clippers?

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-11 05:31

      Do we really expect the rest of Africa, who mostly are starting to move forward and get to grips with corruption, to now take someone from the most corrupt country in Africa to lead them?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-11 11:19

      Tommo: Your post is fascinating. Please elaborate.

  • nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-11 01:48

    Dlamini-Zuma had "both the capacity and the will to help the continent in its endeavours to create a better life for all Africans", Mamoepa said. Really???? How can the ALL NATIONAL CRIMINAL PARTY have the capacity to create a better life for all whilst they steal their own country to the brink of bankcruptcy!!!! You think that we are that stupid!!!! Maybe your uneducated suppotas yeah, but not us!!!!!!!!!!! Try a better one your idiot!!!

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-11 02:11

      @nicolaas.baker - Try not to stress so. Hakuna Matata. Really, it's nothing to worry about. seri-ass! When, if ever, did you hear of the AU doing anything constructive for Africa? In fact when did you hear of the AU doing *anything* for Africa at all?

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-11 02:54

    The dream is the United States of Africa. No boarders and Single currency

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-11 05:32

      Yes, the Zim Dollar!!!!

      herman.lambrechts.7 - 2012-07-11 08:56

      they will call it the afro

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-11 11:20

      There will always be boarders and refugees in Africa, as long as the politicians and "leaders" see themselves as the landlords.

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-11 05:49

    these zuma's want to OWN Africa now? WHY is that Gupta megaphone "New Age" not effective in blaring out persuasive propaganda - and already spread it's zuma influence convincing the continent that they WILL transform the continent and pull it all together in peace and harmony "under their clasped arms" of course! the combined zuma attention has NEVER been focused on South Africa, and the years toiling among all the skirts while arranging terror attacks in SA by the promiscuous spear, and the now over-confident challenge by this autocratic one should be ringing alarm bells across every African nations awareness levels. Aha, first thing to transform must be to make all Africa's media a secret issue, and stifle viewpoints, and then to put ALL arms deals through teh zuma dynasty pockets. NEXT? MORE minerals deals throughout central Africa to family and friends of family. NEXT? Root out ex-pat SA farmers from where they have moved to????? all in the spirit of zuma ubuntu!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-11 11:25

    This is the most important thing. Hunger, poverty, crime, misery, lack of education, healthcare, food security - all these things pale into insignificance when compared to the quest for red carpet treatment. Suck it up, you peasants! (BTW I will be back for some more votes for the ANC- better get your act together. Pay more tax, you are soles)

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