Parliament bids Dlamini-Zuma farewell

President Jacob Zuma along with Members of Parliament bid the outgoing Home Affairs minister farewell.

Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma breaks down during a farwell gathering with members of the Home Affairs parliamentary portfolio committee. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday appealed to President Jacob Zuma to appoint a successor to the outgoing Home Affairs Minister, who is as competent and sensible as what Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was.

She was honoured on Wednesday during a joint sitting of parliament.

Dlamini-Zuma is due in Addis Ababa in October, when she will take up the chair position of African Union Commission.

Zuma told parliament he is sad to see her go.

"I must admit that it was not easy for us to let go of one of our senior ministers."

He added that Dlamini-Zuma has done a sterling job in three different ministerial positions since 1994 and will continue doing so, in her new position.

When the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs bade her farewell, she could not hold back her tears.

"I think I can cry because I know my strength."

She said she has done all she can to turn Home Affairs around and added that it was a taxing job.