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Dlamini-Zuma’s appointment lauded

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's appointment as AU head has been widely lauded.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with the South African delegation after the AU Commission candidate vote. Picture: Jacoline Prinsloo/GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's appointment as the first female chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission was widely lauded on Monday, with congratulatory messages flooding in.

Dlamini-Zuma was elected in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday - beating the incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon.

The election ended a six-month impasse over the job which had divided the continent.

ANC chief whip Dr Mathole Mothekga was among those who congratulated the former Home Affairs Minister on her new position.

His spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said the ANC was confident the commission gained a "hard working [leader] with extensive experience in government and Pan-African issues".

The ANC Women's League also hailed her election - saying it was beaming with pride at the news.

Spokesperson for the league Troy Martens said "Everyone who has followed Dr Dlamini-Zuma knows she is a strong and capable person."

Martens said the League took the decision to back the former minister from the beginning.

The Democratic Alliance also congratulated the new AU chief.

Its spokesperson Cameron Arendse said the appointment came with a lot of pressure and expectations to resolve infighting in several African countries.

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