ANCWL bids farewell to Dlamini-Zuma
NKOSAZANA Dlamini-Zuma, the first woman to occupy the powerful position of chairwoman of the African Union Commission, says she is sad to leave her position as Home Affairs Minister.
Dlamini-Zuma, who beat Gabon's Jean Ping at the polls and was sworn in in the early hours of yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said: "I am sad ... when the results came out I said to the president (Jacob Zuma), 'I am sad because I enjoyed working at home affairs', but he promised to take care of home affairs even when I'm not there."
But she pointed out that the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa was just five hours away and she would always come home to visit. It was unclear at this stage whether this would mean a fourth cabinet reshuffle for Zuma or whether he would just replace Dlamini-Zuma.
In an emotional welcoming and congratulatory gathering in Pretoria yesterday, organised by the ANC Women's League, Dlamini-Zuma extended her gratitude for the support she received from as far as West Africa.
She added that during her transitional period she would acquaint herself with everything she needed to know about her new role.
"The work only begins now and I will need more support from all of you than ever before. If I succeed all of us succeed but if I fail all of us fail," the visibly tired minister, who wore a Mandela T-shirt, said.
She reiterated that her victory was not personal but one for women across the African continent.
Women that gathered to welcome her included women's league president Angie Motshekga and ANCWL treasurer-general Hlengiwe Mkhize.
Motshekga said Dlamini-Zuma's departure was a huge loss for the league and that she had been a humble leader.
"We feel strong and empowered. You humbly did work in the league like no other member," Motshekga said.