Mbeki paying for arrogance

My feeling is that President Thabo Mbeki should have done the honourable thing by not availing himself for re-election as ANC president, especially because the constitution bars him from seeking a third term as the country's leader.

My feeling is that President Thabo Mbeki should have done the honourable thing by not availing himself for re-election as ANC president, especially because the constitution bars him from seeking a third term as the country's leader.

When Mbeki became president of the ANC and the country, consensus was reached to accept him because he had been anointed by our country's founding fathers. It has never been the tradition of the ANC to fight for positions. The arrogance demonstrated by Mbeki in the last three years has forced all of us to rethink our support for him.

He took decisions that ordinary South Africans did not agree with. Among these were the dismissals of Jacob Zuma, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Billy Masethla and Vusi Pikoli. On the other hand, he continues to defend Jackie Selebi and Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

He can still maintain his dignity by accepting that the majority of ANC members no longer want him as leader, if the nomination process can be used as a yardstick.

Should he persist, then a vote of no confidence should be passed to remove him as the president of the country.

Moses Manake, Dobsonville

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