Mixed views on Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s legacy as AU chair

Some say Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s did well and others claims she used her platform to campaign for the ANC presidency.

FILE: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - There are mixed views on the legacy of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma during her time as African Union (AU) commission chair, with some saying she did well and others claiming she used the platform to campaign for the presidency.

Dlamini-Zuma was the first woman elected to the position in 2012.

She was supposed to step down in July last year, but her term was extended by six months after no suitable candidate was identified.

Ghanaian writer Emmanuel Dogbevi says she done well.

“I think she’s done well on the whole. You wouldn’t say she did absolutely excellent, but she did well as a woman.”

But a professor at the University of London, Steven Chen, says she was a complete disaster.

“Whether she is a woman or not, my view is that she was a complete disaster as AU chair. At exactly the moment that Africa needed to rise to the occasion with huge crises, she stepped down.”

Former national human rights chair for Nigeria Chidi Odinkalu agrees.

“She was always in South Africa. I think her ambitions are within the ANC and your politics. I have no vote in South Africa, so I really couldn’t care who you put there for whatever positions. She did not go to Addis Ababa to run the AU, she went to Addis Ababa to run a campaign to be the South African president.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)