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Exit Mbeki

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The removal, in African National Congress (ANC) parlance “recalling”, of Thabo Mbeki as South Africa’s president, at a time when he had only about six more months to com-plete his second term, was unprecedented, but not unexpected. Ever since Mbeki was defeated by Jacob Zuma in his bid for a third term as president of the ANC at the party’s national conference in Polokwane in December last year, he has been politically en-feebled beyond recovery, for all practical purposes a lame duck president. Polokwane demonstrated unambiguously that the overwhelming majority of theANC’s leadership and the rank and file did not support Mbeki, and wanted him out as the country’s president as well.

Since then there have been several calls by the youth wings of theANC and the South African Communist Party (SACP) as well as by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), for his removal as the country’s president before the expiry of this term. Indeed, the SACP had formally proposed at the ANc-SACP-COSATU tripartite summit in May this year that Mbeki must either be recalled or a no confidence should be moved against him.

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