South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma was sworn in as the new chairperson of the African Union Commission becoming the 1st female to ever head the organization.How about that for some female POWER and EMPOWERMENT??!!!
Dlamini-Zuma took the oath of office shortly after midnight, at the close of the AU summit in Addis Ababa on sunday.The former wife of South African President Jacob Zuma was elected in a fourth round ballot on Sunday, defeating incumbent Chairman Jean Ping of Gabon.
Ping congratulated Dlamini-Zuma on being first woman to hold the office. “This is a memorable moment,” Ping said, as he wished Dlamini-Zuma the very best success in undertaking this “noble mission.”
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Dlamini-Zuma said her election should not be seen as a personal victory, and she pledged to work to unify the organization. “My view is that I’m an African citizen. I am loyal to the African Union, and I will serve the African Union, and I’ll work collectively with every member state,” she said.
The newly-elected chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (L), shakes hands with Jean Ping, Zuma’s predecessor who had served since 2008, during the 19th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on July 16, 2012. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, was sworn into office early on today, becoming the first woman to lead the pan-African institution.