Cabinet congratulates Dlamini Zuma

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"Cabinet wishes her well as she steers the African Union Commission behind a common vision of unity and championing the African agenda," Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday.

Dlamini Zuma's election, Manyi said, signaled the commitment of African leaders to concretising their resolutions, particularly the resolution to declare the decade between 2010 and 2020 as the Decade of Women. It is the first time that this position is held by a women,

In their regular fortnightly meeting, the national executive also thanked the "tireless efforts" of the Southern African Regional Ministerial Lobby Group under the leadership of the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane that worked hard to ensure a successful outcome was realised.

"Cabinet would like to thank all SADC member-states as well as the entire leadership of the AU for their role and support in ensuring a successful election."

This is the first time that the region is represented at the level of Chairperson of the Commission.

He said Dlamini Zuma would build on the work done by her predecessors, including Jean Ping, and ensure a more efficient and effective AU Commission, particularly on the implementation of decisions pertaining to unity, peace, stability, development and the upliftment of women and children.

On Sunday, Dlamini Zuma received 37 votes, following a gruelling contest with Jean Ping, who had served as AUC chairperson since 2008.

The Presidency has indicated that Dlamini Zuma would remain the minister of home affairs until all requirements and processes related to the assumption of her new position of the AUC chairperson have been completed.

It also assured that the good work done in turning the department of home affairs will continue.