Dlamini-Zuma 'will be a loss to SA govt'

2012-07-16 13:30

Johannesburg - The ANC chief whip congratulated Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday on her election as AU commission chairperson.

"While she will be lost to the South African government, which she served in various capacities with excellence and dedication for many years, we draw satisfaction from the fact that she will be assuming a higher calling - serving the entire African continent," the office of the African National Congress chief whip, Mathole Motshekga, said in a statement.

Asked whether this meant she would have to vacate her job as home affairs minister, spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said it was understood to be a full-time position, but the presidency would have the final say.

She is the first woman to hold the position.

"We are confident that in Dr Dlamini-Zuma, the continental body indeed has a seasoned diplomat and a hard worker, with extensive experience in governance and Pan-African issues.

"We have no doubt that, given her wealth of experience, the AU commission's primary mission of driving African integration and development process in collaboration with AU member states will be better served under her able stewardship.

Not formally announced

"We commend the African Union states, particularly the [Southern African Development Community] region that chose Dr Dlamini-Zuma as its candidate, for demonstrating confidence in her and the people of South Africa," he said.

The presidency said it would respond after voting results were officially announced on Monday.

"The AU is yet to formally announce it. Until then it will be inappropriate to respond," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

Dlamini-Zuma received the most votes on Sunday evening, beating the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon.

Earlier, International Affairs and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Dlamini-Zuma would make sure the AU's resolutions were implemented.

"What should change [with her election]... is that there will be more accountability, there will be more fast-tracking of implementations of decisions taken by the heads of state," Nkoana-Mashabane told SAfm.

"That means, spend more time on implementation of our resolutions instead of just creating more and more [resolutions]."

Victory for women

Nkoana-Mashabane said Dlamini-Zuma's election was a victory for women.

Dlamini-Zuma would through the AU "strengthen early warning systems, strengthen democracy and rule of law, and unity", Nkoana-Mashabane said.

The opposition Democratic Alliance congratulated Dlamini-Zuma, saying: "We believe that she has the appropriate skills and competence to transform the African Union into an efficient and effective body as well as the diplomatic acumen to address the many crucial issues facing the African continent," party MP Ian Davidson said in a statement.

"The AU chairpersonship presents South Africa with an opportunity to establish Africa as a proponent of value-driven international relations, based on the principles of democracy and human rights."

South Africa was now in a unique position to improve the alignment of international and regional agendas. The DA hoped that under the leadership of Dlamini-Zuma, the AU would build consensus around "appropriate regional responses" to the coup in Mali, the civil conflict in Somalia, the hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan and the resurgence of rebel fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"We wish Dr Dlamini-Zuma well in her role. We believe that she can lead a new era of a prominent place for Africa in an international agenda driven from the south."

The commission is the secretariat of the union, entrusted with executive functions.

On its website the AU explains the commission plays a central role in the AU's day-to-day management. It represents the AU and defends its interests, elaborates the union's draft positions, and prepares and co-ordinates its strategic plans.

  • Kala - 2012-07-16 13:35

    She's hardly a loss to SA or the government.

      KhaphelaTZ - 2012-07-16 13:44

      It annoys me when people like you Kala comment for the sake of comment. All you need do is look at her track record. In fact do you even know which department shae has headed up since 1994? Empty vessel

      Kala - 2012-07-16 13:48

      Tell her to hurry up with my ID book and maybe I'll change my mind. Until then bon Voyage and don't hurry home!!!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 13:55

      lol I have a theory, that woman who dress like her in her picture, are THE WORST drivers in SA. Just saying...

      spartanx93 - 2012-07-16 14:08

      all these ANC mugs have long track records but nothing has changed in this country! At the end of the day, the AU not exactly an great achievement as they are about as incompetent as the rest of africa!

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-16 14:08

      You have to admire the imagination of some people. Who would think that you could dress up in a table cloth!

      merven.halo - 2012-07-16 14:09

      That is why they have the blue light brigades, that drive even worst than them!

      Squeegee - 2012-07-16 14:23

      Are there more posts available in AU structures? Maybe several million? We have lots of ANC cadres we would happily send off to new jobs out of SA...

      godfrey.welman - 2012-07-16 14:38

      @KhamhelaTZ...If she is that good, you should be annoyed at the ANC for not electing her as the 1st woman president.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-16 15:03

      Is she the one in control over the department that issues passports that the rest of the civil world don't accept any longer?

      walter.tgsa - 2012-07-16 15:11

      Yip, been waiting for my temp residency permit renewal for over six months now, used to take a month...

      avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-16 15:21

      How do expect change in a country that was handed over to the ANC bankrupted by the apartheid government.... People seem to forget that De Klerk and his cronnies did not wilfully succumb to the Democratic South African idea. But matters (including white businessmen suffering loss in their businesses and the country coming to a close standstill) forced the NP to vye for the idea. White people failed this country but did not fail themselves... And now all the mourning making rounds is as a result of being used to be in the steering wheel doing what the ANC is now doing, destroying what is left of it.... This country has never been in good stand ever since the introduction of the Apartheid Constitution NEVER... And the hope died with Mandela's era... LET'S GET FACTS RIGHT BEFORE WE CAN POINT FINGERS... Godfrey.Welman has a point, as good as I know her to be, we should be annoyed at the ANC for not bringing her up to Presidency.. or maybe Godfrey.Welman the reason the Presidency lobbied so hard for her was to get rid of a good President so we can remain in spineless leadership.

      tony.wardle.75 - 2012-07-16 17:08

      Kala, you don't annoy me ... I agree with you. And as for the shortcomings of this government, let's not forget to blame, inter Alia, the colonialists, the whites, the third force etc etc etc....... After all, as the previous post notes ... The whites racist !

      mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-07-16 17:21

      No loss at all, one less mouth to feed along with her hangers on . Off to the AU you go let them foot your bill from now on. Only problem is 50% of africa does not like her or he ex shower mate.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-07-16 13:39

    Hard Working!!!None of her colleques with exception to Comrade Fikile Mblalula and Minister of Health Aaron Motswaledi come close to her....

  • fafpetzer - 2012-07-16 13:41

    Working under her @ home affairs was a great pleasure! She will be a loss to SA government, she works with principles and believe in SA... Her methods of working is awesome! Well done ma!

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-07-16 13:49

      It's actually nice getting feedback from someone who worked with her. Thanks for sharing.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 13:56

      I worked with her, or at least I tried to. Still waiting for my passport

      avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-16 15:23

      Thank You faf...! Progressive People appreciate such posts...

      Msika - 2012-07-16 15:26

      @fafpetzer, so you work for the dept of home affairs? Just so you know, your dept's service is soooo pathetic. I would be ashamed of myself working for them.

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-16 18:06

      I applied for my Passport for the first time and got it within about two weeks, I was so impressed. People need to remember to submit all the required documents before complaining. Ignore Charlses Dumbwin he is always negative and I bet my hundred dollars that he has his ID book but just like attention, don't think he is straight

  • merven.halo - 2012-07-16 13:43

    Wow, so who would've thought that corruption would ever reached the AU?

      fafpetzer - 2012-07-16 13:45

      She is one of the ministers that worked hard to fight corruption and fraud, proof is how home affairs improved over the last two years! she is awesome...

      merven.halo - 2012-07-16 14:11

      Fight corruption and fraud is not part of the ANC vocabulary. She just did it in such a way that no one noticed it yet.

  • Henk - 2012-07-16 13:50

    At least now she can go and be corrupt with AU money!

      Rodney - 2012-07-16 14:41

      The tiny bit of credibility the AU had in the west has now vanished. A useless wannabe organisation, too inept to do anything but talk.

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-07-16 13:50

    Is it a calling to be a politian,the chief is smoking something? We will mis here for sell out in polukwane in 2007 in faver of homeboy zuma

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 13:57

      From one Zuma to another I guess.

      Msika - 2012-07-16 15:32

      @Mzukisi, "The chief is smoking something?" Are you sure you are not the one smoking here? You need to do something with your spelling/grammar Mzukisi, jeez!!

  • anthony.okelly.98 - 2012-07-16 13:54

    no she wont!

  • boramk - 2012-07-16 14:04

    Why does everyone assume she is corrupt? Do you remember the mess Home Affairs was in 4 years ago? Because I do. I can get my ID and passport quicker than the time stipulated. South Africans, give credit where credit is due and stop this stupid hate.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-16 14:12

      And you getting your ID book quicker is a sign of no corruption? Lol. ANC = Corruption. If you are not corrupt you can not be part of the top structure of the ANC.

      avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-16 15:28

      mevern had to bring pee brain comment to this... boramk said nothing about ANC being corruption-free. boramk said nothing about the ANC but about the person of Nkosazana-Dlamini... Come on. We ALL know the is corrupt but at least be decent enough to write or comment about it in the relevant platform...

      jan.vanriebeeck.73 - 2012-07-16 15:50

      How is this for credit: Dlamini-Zuma said that "Whites are whiners and should all disappear" So she is a racist and promotes Genocide, that's really all I need to know about her.

      boramk - 2012-07-16 15:58

      Avuyile: exactly. the ANC is corrupt and only an idiot will say otherwise but giving credit to a person who made lives easier by cleaning up one of the most corrupt departments in the country is apparently also not right according to Mervin. jan.vanribeeck73: I'd say if she said that she's a disgusting human being. Fortunately she has never said that. That was never on the news nor does Google confirm your "fact". The only person who said that was a man in Parliament, many years ago, and was a MAN.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-07-16 14:07

    "we draw satisfaction from the fact that she will be assuming a higher calling - serving the entire African continent" LOL, f@#k it up like the way the ANC is ruining south africa.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 14:10

      The ANC is taking their governance expertise into greater Africa. Lord help us all...

  • TheVern69 - 2012-07-16 14:12

    She won't be a loss, another racsist out of the country is exactly what we need! Just take your children with you seeing as we know how you brought them up thank you!

      avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-16 15:29

      Another racist... WwwoooooWWWWW... Who and What is a Racist again?

      jan.vanriebeeck.73 - 2012-07-16 15:59

      @avuyile.mali A racist is somebody that discriminates against a group based on RACE. Here is a quote from Dlamini-Zuma "Whites are whiners and should all disappear" Not only is she a RACIST but she promotes GENOCIDE.

  • angel.moonsamy - 2012-07-16 14:16

    Good riddance ::::

      avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-16 15:30


  • Gavin - 2012-07-16 14:23

    you can write the list of ANC successes on the back of a matchbox and there'll be room to spare.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-16 14:26

      Hell, the side of the matchbox above the brown strip.

  • brytzishiri - 2012-07-16 14:26

    ****intresting comment made on a zimbabwean forum***** Those other wives/diggers of gold, can learn a thing or two from this lady. She said NO to being trated like a second class citizen in her own home and now she is enjoying state funding, respect, priviledge etc thanks to the fruit of her own sweat. I am sure Jacob is secretly proud of this and all his daughters will do well to follow this fine example. On the other hand, we hear the Swathi king's wives are finally waking up too and jumping ship so who knows what the future holds for the African woman? Beauty fades but intelligence wins and lasts all the time. Viva Nkosazana Viva!!

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-16 14:35

    Eish what a loss for this country.My heart hurts so badly.What are we going to do. We are in ruins..Zimbabwe ruins...soon. But...alas , this auntie will save us.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-16 14:39

    shes gona lose on the corruption money..

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-07-16 14:47

    How will this republic benefit from taking over Africa's problems is still mind boggling? We still cannot deliver text-books on time in Limpopo or enclose the open toilets in Maqhaka municipality. But yet we claim to have Africa's solution to African problems! Us with an elephent memory we will always remember the failed multi-billion ID smart card project that was given to Gijima that to this day has not gotten off the ground under the Doctors watch! The only praise we have given Dr. Zuma is for her to do what is expected of her in her job. About a turnaround at the home-affairs I'll let the thousands of refujees who are still being schambocked in ques at the gate of Marabastad Lindela Home Affairs office speak for themeselves!

  • avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-16 15:01

    We loose the best performing Minister this country has ever seen including the Verwoerd & De Klerk government. She had iron balls.

      mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-07-16 17:26

      No loss at all, one less mouth to feed along with her hangers on . Off to the AU you go let them foot your bill from now on. Only problem is 50% of africa does not like her or he ex shower mate.

  • stephen.baum76 - 2012-07-16 15:14

    A real great headline would look something like this: "Loss of the majority in government, a positive for the entire country."

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-07-16 15:26

      How about: "Anyone for Beetroot!"

  • milly.rumz - 2012-07-16 15:40

    Not everyone who is an ANC member is corrupt and I think mom Dlamini-Zuma is a good example of that. She did a great job as home affairs minister and I am sure she will continue doing that even with the AU. People should just stop being negative.

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-16 16:25

      Please stop. Remember Sarafina? And did she roll out ARVs? No. Another ANC reject - good riddance.

  • bobbi.jantjies - 2012-07-16 15:42

    ooh yes.. thees weel be a grayt losses... she can to pleez mek the sarafina production for the rest of afurika now. mebbe she can to also tek manto along weeth her and spred the cure for the hiv, the garlic and the beets. iyo iyo iyo

  • trotseafrikaner.rsa - 2012-07-16 15:46

    Look... I can count to 5.

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2012-07-16 16:35

    Good riddence ! Wonder how they will keep her awake or alive ?

  • anthony.archer.1806 - 2012-07-16 17:27

    Ha Ha

  • trotseafrikaner.rsa - 2012-07-16 17:55

    DR degree in corruption

  • hugo.mabasa - 2012-07-16 19:36

    I am seeing a very disturbing picture about white south africans on this site.

      theo.phontes - 2012-07-19 17:06

      Just a few loser trolls. I would not read too much into the comments of the few malcontents that are posting here. I wish our minister well with her new venture.

  • Terry Wiegand - 2012-07-17 07:09

    Nice hat!!

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