Zuma’s Ex-Wife Gets AU Top Job
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma the former wife of South African President Jacob Zuma was voted as the new head of the African Union Commission on Sunday.
Dlamini-Zuma is the first woman to hold the post and she had to beat the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon. The 63 year old is a veteran of the fight against apartheid and is also known to be a competent administrator and no-nonsense woman. Dlamini-Zuma is a trained doctor and has served in the cabinet of every South African president since Nelson Mandela.
Commenting on her victory Zuma said “It means a lot for Africa… for the continent, unity and the empowerment of women”
The talking point of the elections of this post was whether it was going to be won yet again, by a Francophone country. Dlamini-Zuma had the the backing of the predominantly English-speaking southern African region and is the first person from the region to hold the top Commission job since the AU was created a decade ago.
While she is while she may have defeated the incumbent, French-speaker Jean Ping of Gabon, she has refused to be labelled as an English-speaking candidate by boldly stating “I am not Anglophone, I’m Zulu”. She sure has been getting a lot of tips from her ex, Zuma who has always shown his Zulu teeth when he can. The pair have four children together and divorced in 1998.
Dlamini-Zuma is the first woman to lead the AU.
She will have her work cut out with the conflicts happening all over the continent. She will also have to deal with the skeptics who voted against her given how closely fought the battle was.
To Dlamini-Zuma we say congrats and we wish you all the best on your new job.