Zuma humbled by Dlamini-Zuma

2012-07-16 19:50

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is humbled by Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's election as chairperson of the African Union commission, the presidency said on Monday.

"Our people should take pride that the heads of state and government of the AU have elected Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to the position of the AU commission chairperson," he said in a statement.

She received 37 of the 51 votes on Sunday from member states of the AU at its 19th Ordinary Session of heads of state and government, he said.

A formal announcement about her appointment - she had required two-thirds of the vote for election - was expected at the AU summit in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, on Monday.

Her appointment would build on the work done by her predecessors, including Gabonese Foreign Minister Jean Ping, and ensure a more efficient and effective AU commission (AUC), said Zuma.

This would pertain particularly to the implementation of decisions involving unity, peace, stability, development and the upliftment of women and children.

He thanked Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states and the AU's leaders for their hard work in ensuring a successful election.

Arrangements would also be made by South Africa to allow Dlamini-Zuma to start her work with the AU.

First woman

"As South Africa, we will make the necessary adjustment to enable Dr Dlamini-Zuma to commence her new duties as soon as possible," Zuma said.

Dlamini-Zuma is the first woman to hold the position.

"With this appointment, Dr Dlamini-Zuma, who has served our country with distinction, becomes the servant of the continent and accountable to the AU," Zuma said.

She had been nominated for the position by the southern African region. It is the first time the region will be represented at this level.

Zuma's message came after many others congratulating Dlamini-Zuma.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said she was excited about Dlamini-Zuma's election.

"Her election as the African Union chairperson is an affirmation that our Beijing platform of action has worked," Mokonyane told reporters in Johannesburg.

"It is also due to the fact that the African National Congress took the women issues to greater heights."
Mokonyane said everyone needed to embrace Dlamini-Zuma's new appointment and support her.

Dlamini-Zuma's female touch would make a lot of difference, as part of her role would include resolving violent conflicts on the continent.

"She is not only representing the country or the SADC region, but [will] represent what is in the best interest for Africa," said Mokonyane.

"It will make a difference."

The Young Communist League was confident she was "equal to the task" at a time of change for the continent.

It used the opportunity to call on all heads of state to establish a youth desk at the AUC, with a chairperson, to deal with issues, such as joblessness, faced by Africa's youth and that policy commitments and resolutions involving the youth be implemented.

'Negotiator of note'

In a note congratulating Dlamini-Zuma and describing her as a "negotiator of note" with "in-depth knowledge of Pan-African issues", Mike Mlengana, the president of the African Farmers' Association of South Africa, urged the AU to implement the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme.

In terms of this, at least 10% of national budgets would be spent on agriculture, and it would be ensured that the sector grew at an annual rate of 6%.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions expressed full confidence in Dlamini-Zuma and asked her to campaign against human rights abuses in Swaziland and "the continued colonial occupation of the Western Sahara by the government of Morocco".

The National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union said: "We are confident that she will continue to deliver results for the continent the same way she has done for the people of South Africa."

She had brought the department of home affairs "back from the abyss" so the union hoped her replacement "would not be incompetent".

Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kieviet pledged the province's support for her, and said: "We will be beside her all the time to ensure that she succeeds in building an Africa that is at peace with itself."

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-16 20:08

    Did he pay papgeld. With this job no need to pay papgeld. This is the reason he was so keen for her to get the job.

      Gerda Malherbe - 2012-07-16 20:49

      Whahaha, JZ is humbled, after spending millions and blackmailing all the african leaders he knows to vote her in?? So very very funny

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-16 22:07

      wouldnt take much to humble JZ ... like someone with a Standard 6 education for example

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-16 22:38

      it does not take much to humble the zoomer

      Koos - 2012-07-17 02:37

      Geld wat stom is maak reg wat krom is.

  • dnetili - 2012-07-16 20:20

    well done mevrou

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-16 20:22

    I am glad for her, but her X see it as not paying anything.

  • George Bennie - 2012-07-16 20:43

    So sad, home affairs is gonna go to pieces again.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-07-16 20:57

    I was hopping and thinking that we still need u here Dlamini-Zuma. U were sported as the next coming President of South Africa u have shown that u can lead. Please alow me to say u are a Product of Thabo Mbeki.

      tommo.too - 2012-07-16 23:55

      Let us find more who stood close to thabo. They are the ones we Truely need...

      tebo.go.5 - 2012-07-17 09:02

      I concur

      Andre - 2012-07-17 14:40

      Are you joking?

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-07-16 20:59

    Congratulations to the honourable Minister. May she make as much a success of this position as she did as Minister of Home Affairs.

      liana.loots - 2012-07-16 21:18

      I concur.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-16 23:22

      Is this a kind of fine irony?

      Koos - 2012-07-17 02:39

      Don't forget the great job she did at Health, Our own super star - Sarafina Zuma

  • Mutsharini - 2012-07-16 21:03

    Whatchout Ohmar Albashir of Sudan, your days of attending AU summit are numbered. Zuma machinery is now running the Continent.

      tommo.too - 2012-07-16 23:52

      Good for you mutsharini. The man must be sent to those who are looking for him and awaiting his arrival...

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-16 21:04

    See Africa going down the toilet now! THE anc could not even sort mugabe out, now they want to save AFRICA..... HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

      sam.ntshangase - 2012-07-16 22:15

      what a joke you are, 1) SA under your apartheid masters invaded all afican countries ploughing bombs even today all those bombs have never been 100% extracted, shame on you who today, claim to be smart. 2) worst dictators we saw otherthan Mugabe, are the likes of Verwoed,Treunitch,Vorster,Botha, etc 3) Zille went mad against IMF loan to Eskom , she was embarrassed and showned a way to hell 4) The very same of you who did nt approve the first ever world cup in Africa soil, again you were shown way to hell 5) Pity that Zille will be last one to congratulate Dr Nkosazana after she appointed her male cabinet in the WCape Can I continue ?

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-16 22:40

      sam repeat after me dooooooooooo s

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-17 04:12

      Well it's gone down the toilet long ago, and it's on it's way to the sewer

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-16 21:06

    It is a characteristic of our government that it is impossible to take anything on face value. Here we have a statement that Mr Zuma is humbled. Now take a look at one definition of humble according to: which includes: 1. Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful. Then we are told to take pride in the appointment. So which is to be? I would guess that humble is the least suitable adjective and that pride or arrogance fits better.

  • katleho.mani - 2012-07-16 21:29

    congratulations well done ma maybe is time for Africa to change under your leadership this is the richest continent with its resources yet the poor of the poorest are found in Africa is time for paradigm to shift God bless afrca nkosisikeleli Africa

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-16 21:58

    I think we need to acknowledge that Nkosazana is a very hard working woman.....and this appointment no doubt tops all her well done...and show the world you can make a difference..YOU ARE A WOMAN....PROVE TO THE MEN, women are even better at things than men.

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-16 22:06

    why would I feel any pride for that ???!!!! I will feel proud when I have a competent and corruption free government

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-07-16 22:12

    If this one is going to manage AU as "great" as she ran Homeless Affairs department then god help AU.

  • jones.mkandawire - 2012-07-16 23:07

    Africa has spoken and with full faith and hopel madam deliver us from the imperialist. Africa is so so sick of being imposed upon .Africa for africans. Oncemore congratulations madam Zuma

      Michael - 2012-07-17 08:58

      Would that be the imperialist that continues to supply Africa with funding which in most cases exceeds Africa's own GDP capabilities? If so I too say, "Get out nasty imperialist person" - after all, cooking over a nice cow-turd fire is so much more fun!

  • Nomfusi Mfurass Soboyisi - 2012-07-17 06:52

    i'm proud of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma,phambili bomama

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-17 08:04

    This is the only clever Zuma i know, so competent. Thats why she couldnt last with Mr zuma.. We Done NDZ

      smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-07-17 09:11

      @mathonsi you are a bitter man who doesn't see anything right in south africa swallow your pride.

      wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-07-17 11:17

      @smiso, what are on about? Are you ok?

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