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South Africa's newly elected President Kgalema Motlanthe yesterday assured South Africa and the world that his party, the ANC, has gained control over the tumultuous situation the country went through this week.
"We will not allow the work of government to be interrupted. We will not allow the stability of our democratic order to be compromised," said the newly sworn in president.
The past four days saw the country being sent into a political and economic tailspin after former president Thabo Mbeki was recalled.
On Tuesday the country woke up to the shock of having more than a third of Mbeki's cabinet ministers - including Finance Minister Trevor Manuel - announcing their resignation.
The ruling party moved in to stabilise the situation leading to an announcement that Manuel and several other ministers were now staying to serve under Motlanthe's then soon-to-be formed government.
Yesterday Motlanthe suggested that what happened with Mbeki and the six other ministers who went with him was part of a vibrant democracy.
"It is important as ever that we retain our faith in the resilience of our constitutional order and vibrancy of our democracy," Motlanthe said.
In a move obviously aimed at assuring business Motlanthe said he had no intention of changing the ANC policies agreed on at the party's policy conference last year.
"Mine is not the desire to deviate from what is working. It is not for me to reinvent policy. These policies, which the government will continue to implement unchanged, are the product of the existent consultation and decision-making process," said Motlanthe.
He also assured the South African public that the ANC-led government remained committed to improving the quality of their lives.
"We stand here to send out a message that the government remains on course to deliver on its commitments to the poor, who rely on us daily for the fulfilment of their basic needs and for the provision of important services such as health and social security," he said.
Motlanthe's election follows the recalling of Mbeki by the new ANC leadership. Mbeki was recalled following findings by the Pietermaritzburg high court that he might have politically interfered in the NPA's decision to prosecute ANC president Jacob Zuma.
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