But where is Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma?

By The Africa Report and Jeune Afrique
Posted on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 18:27

She has neither given any interviews to the media nor traveled outside the country for some time now.

While South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s keeping a low a profile is no secret, her absence from the race for president of the African Union Commission is disconcerting.

The golden opportunity to spend five years in Addis-Ababa at the head of the AU might be too much to handle perhaps?

And could this not explain why current AU Chairman, Jean Ping is noted to be spending his spare time lounging in well-to-do Parisian districts?

“I saw her last week” said a high ranking official. “She seemed very tired and not really motivated.”

But the South African Home Affairs minister gently refutes this allegation.

“She’s aware of how important the position is for her country and knows she is the best person for the job,” said someone close to the minister.

Faced with his ex wife’s inertia, President Jacob Zuma has been forced to take action.

Charles Nqakula, former Minister of Defence and Lindiwe Zulu, Zuma’s diplomatic advisor were dispatched to shake Dlamini out of her sluggish state.

Meanwhile, Pretoria is also counting a lot on the Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete. But will it be enough?

The result remains to be seen at the next AU summit which takes place at the beginning of February.

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