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South Africa pays tribute to outgoing African Union Commission chairperson

South Africa pays tribute to outgoing African Union Commission chairperson

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Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma , AUC chair received Saturday a vote of thanks from South African Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane for her works.

She laid emphasis on her contribution regarding gender equality and empowerment of women.

A major milestone was the launch of the campaign to end child marriages in Africa.

Dlamini-Zuma’s tenure was extended last in June by African heads of states and government. The extension was for six months as the elections to replace her in Kigali, Rwanda, were inconclusive. 

The minister recurred that under Dlamini-Zuma’s tenure,new ways of doing things at the AU were introduced, like the retreat for foreign affairs ministers before every AU summit, which allowed for better preparation, the AU 50-year plan to create the “Africa we want”, Agenda 2063 and the creation of a continent-wide free trade area.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane further revealed that Morocco’s application to be readmitted to the AU after it had delibrately pulled out of the AU’s predecessor the Organisation of African Unity in 1984,would be reviewed by the African heads of state and government.

She also made reference to South Africa’s ground on withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), stating that the rainbow nation believed that strengthening national institutions that support democracy was the better route than taking matters to the ICC.

The ICC was initially considered the “last port of call” when African solutions had failed, but in recent times the ICC had been inadvertently elevated to the “first port of call”.

She commended the Economic Community Of West African States (Ecowas) for its intervention recent developments in Gambia that allowed the newly elected Adama Barrow to ascend to power after his predecessor Yahya Jammeh changed his mind and refused to hand over the presidency.

The five candidates contending for the position are Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathily, former United Nations special envoy for Central Africa; Botswana’s Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi; Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat; Equatorial Guinea’s Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy; and Kenya’s Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed. The elections are on Monday.