No word from presidency on Dlamini-Zuma

2012-07-16 12:24

Johannesburg - The presidency will respond to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's election as AU commission chairperson after voting results are officially announced on Monday.

"The AU is yet to formally announce it. Until then it will be inappropriate to respond," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said by phone from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

According to reports Dlamini-Zuma, who is home affairs minister, had received the most votes, beating the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon.

Earlier, International Affairs and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Dlamini-Zuma would make sure the African Union'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]."

Nkoana-Mashabane said Dlamini-Zuma's election on Sunday evening 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 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.

  • nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-16 12:34

    but an article at 7:55 this stated that zuma congratulated nkosazana dlamini-zuma, so which is it News24?

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-16 12:43

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-16 16:03

      As with all decisions the president is usually 2 weeks behind.

  • TiisetsoMaloma - 2012-07-16 12:58

    #allhumour they are still studying the document

      alan.gernet - 2012-07-16 13:43

      au eish

  • Alfjoe - 2012-07-16 13:02

    The union itself is mt that powerful, it is a toothless dog, so to speak

      Willie - 2012-07-16 13:06

      That is why it needs new people,and i hope she will start to tell all dictators to ship-out

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-16 14:15

      Starting with SA @makenawn, Starting with SA ......

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-07-16 13:28

    Will the media stop leading from the front and allow the president to deliberate on this issue? Understandably some cabinet reshuffle needs to be done. There must be some behind the scenes movements in choosing a capable replacement and a speech is being prepared in this regard. Keep the pants on for now shall you??

  • david.lebethe - 2012-07-16 13:41

    Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is one of our own and I wish to congratulate her on those basis alone. How I so wish she was the chairman of the whole union rather than an offshoot thereof. She is one of the people who has proven herself even though working within a rotten system. Truth must be told, that she was an astute Foreign Minister we ever had and was a right course to turn Home Affairs Dept around. I do trust she will be able to implement the decision of the union.

      alan.gernet - 2012-07-16 13:50

      yeah - maybe she can manage to make something out of the AU. To date it has been of little use, and it surely needs an ovehaul! At least she has a lot of backing, which is a good start.

  • Henk - 2012-07-16 13:45

    Think the news 24 editor is also busy polishing his spear!

  • mrdchirwa - 2012-07-17 11:23

    Congratulations Madam I am proud of you. Make thinhs happen at the AUC

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