African Union chooses new leader: South Africa’s Dlamini-Zuma
Posted by African Press International on July 16, 2012
She is the ex-wife of the president of South Africa Zuma. She was supported strongly by her ex-husband’s government and she won by getting 37 votes, forcing the former AU boss Dr. Ping to step down.
The new leader says she will be inclusive. She has been praised for having done well in her country as Foreign minister and until her election Interior minister.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is a veteran fighter against apartheid, served in Mbeki’s and Mandela’s government.
She was given the job by the 54-member pan-African bloc in Addis Ababa yesterday. This is women empowerment – the first woman to head the AU Commission.
Dlamini-Zuma, 63, a diplomat, has strong management skills and an exemplary personality.
During Mandela’s time she led the Health ministry owing to the fact that she is a doctor by training.