Thursday, June 23, 2005

A woman VP in Africa? Before the US? really !?!?!....

Woman named new SA deputy leader

South African Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is appointed as deputy president.
Every so often, something happens on the continent, that simply makes me proud to be an African. This is definitely one of them. That a somewhat macho African leader would be able to see the righteousness (and the benefits) of having a woman as a the number 2 leader in the country, fills me with joy. Not that Dep. Pres. Mlambo is an uncontversial figure. That she let herself be the SA face for Mbeki's whole "quiet diplomacy" policy in Zimbabwe, is a bit... disappointing. But she is all around noted as a good state official, and it was about time women started to take their full place in African politics. South Africa is as good a place to start as any (Though she is not the first. Sylvie Kinigi was Vice-President and Prime Minister of Burundi in 1993). Bayethe Mama Mlambo!

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