South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (C), her predecessor Jean Ping (R) and AU chairman Boni Yayi, President of Benin (photo:dpa)

Woman freedom fighter leads the African Union

Freedom fighter Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former wife of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, has taken the helm of the African Union. She is the first woman to lead the 54-country organisation and will need all her skill and experience as a leading South African politician to provide a united goal to Africa’s many differing challenges.

LEADERSHIP of the African Union is in the hands of a woman for the first time and South Africa’s former freedom fighter, Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, looks as though she will confront the continent’s issues head-on.

Her election broke an unwritten rule of the organisation - the chairman of the AU Commission must not come from any of the c...

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Her election to her new post received widespread backing with President Zuma saying ‘it means a lot to Africa…for the continent, unity and the empowerment of women’
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