Don't mess it up! Says Dlamini-Zuma
HOME Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma hopes President Jacob Zuma will appoint a "sensible minister" to replace her when she leaves to take on her new role as African Union chair in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
Dlamini-Zuma said the department would continue to flourish under such a minister, who would continue where she left off rather than want to change the way the department was currently run.
"Whoever comes must continue to work with the team to change things for the better.
"If someone comes and wants to start all over again it will be a big mess,"' she told journalists at her department's official farewell function at the St Georges Hotel in Tshwane yesterday.
Dlamini-Zuma - who was greeted by a parade of immigration officials, for whom she is a commander - was moved to tears yesterday when her staff, one after another, commended her good work.
About 500 senior officials attended the event at which she received gifts and was entertained by an in-house choir and traditional dancers. Her staff praised her leadership capabilities, while she struggled to hold back the tears.
While questions were being raised about her replacement, Dlamini-Zuma revealed yesterday that she would leave the country on the weekend of October 12. The handover ceremony in the Ethiopian capital would take place on October 15.
Dlamini-Zuma has been credited for the massive turn-around of the department. But she has indicated that her departure did not necessarily mean her department would return to the shambles it was before her arrival.
Her advice to the incoming minister still to be announced, was: "The team knows where to go in the department and has a vision on where to go. They needguidance from the minister but they can also inform the ministerofthe department's work."
Dlamaini-Zumawas elected the first female AU chair on July 16, beating incumbent Jean Ping. She has emphasised that this was not a personal victory but rather a victory for the African continent and women in particular.
Her deputy, Fatima Chohan, cried as she spoke of the calibre of woman that Dlamini-Zuma was and her role as a leader, saying the next minister would find the department on its way to even greater successes.
"If there was a sentence that would describe her it is 'leadership through guidance."