16 July 2012
The South African Democratic Teachers` Union would like to congratulate Home Affairs Minister Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma for her election as the head of the African Union making her the first female to lead this 54-member organization. She is also the first candidate from Southern Africa to hold such a position within the AU.
This achievement has come under the leadership of comrade President Zuma who is committed to liberate the African Continent from Western influence but also his commitment to empowering of women. The election of Cde Dlamini-Zuma is an important step towards making the AU an independent and autonomous union that can run the affairs of the continent without the influence of the so-called international community that has no regard to the African continent.
The battle for the position of AU head which nearly saw member countries divided according to French and English speaking countries proved that democracy exists in Africa. It is also a victory for women and gender struggles in the continent.
Dlamini-Zuma`s first task should be to ensure that the Anglophone and Francophone blocks are united. We hope Dlamini-Zuma - a distinguished diplomat - will use her position to unite Africa and make it a force to be reckoned with in the world.
Issued by: SADTU National Secretariat
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