Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, a stalwart of the African National Congress (ANC) and one of its senior members, has conveyed her decision not to return to Parliament beyond the sixth administration, signifying her intention to retire from public office after more than 30 years of dedicated public service.

Turning 75 at the end of January, Dlamini Zuma has been a prominent figure within the ANC, serving in various executive capacities since 1994, including roles in foreign affairs, health, home affairs, and cooperative governance. Presently overseeing the portfolio for women and children, she has informed the ANC electoral committee of her decision through a letter addressed to Kgalema Motlanthe, the head of the committee, and Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula.

In her letter, Dlamini Zuma expressed gratitude to the ANC leadership at national, provincial, regional, and branch levels, acknowledging the support and opportunities provided to her in serving South Africa as a public representative and cabinet member. Notable milestones in her career include being the first woman to lead the African Union Commission and the inaugural Chairperson of the commission from the Southern African Development Community.

The letter further stated that she would not participate in 2024 list interviews, confirming her retirement from the South African Parliament. While Dlamini Zuma has contributed significantly to the ANC and South African politics, recent years have seen her at odds with the party, publicly defying ANC directives and voting against party lines on certain issues. Despite these instances, no official action has been taken against her.

The announcement comes as the ANC commemorates its 112th anniversary at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga, with President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering the annual January 8 Statement to a gathered audience.

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