Minister of Home Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Photo: Phill Magakoe

Ministers from SADC countries met in Pretoria on Tuesday as lobbying for Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the AU heated up.

Opening the event, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was unanimous on the appointment of a woman to lead the continental league.

“In this decade of women, from 2010 to 2020, SADC and the southern region are presenting again a formidable candidate in respect to the heads of states' resolution to dedicate this decade to women,” she said.

“We are guided, informed and inspired by one goal, which is the unity of our continent. We think we are now ready to deal with African problems and to provide African solutions.”

African leaders will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 19th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union, scheduled for July 17.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in Lilongwe, Malawi, but was moved after Malawi refused to welcome Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a war crimes suspect. – Sapa