Talk of impeaching Mbeki

Eric Naki

Eric Naki

The SACP yesterday at the end of its two-day central executive committee meeting hinted at trying to convince other alliance partners to consider the impeachment of President Thabo Mbeki.

The party reiterated its call for Mbeki to be recalled. The party said his removal could have positive implications for the country's governance since a restructuring of government would be necessary.

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande, his deputy Jeremy Cronin and national treasurer Phumulo Masualle, addressed a press conference in Johannesburg at the end of a the party central committee meeting.

While the SACP agreed that a move to recall Mbeki was not a unanimous position of the tripartite alliance, the party claimed that Cosatu shared the same sentiment but differed on its implementation, while the ANC has yet to be canvassed to support the matter.

Cronin said some evidence from the Frene Ginwala Commission, investigating the suitability of former NPA chief Vusi Pikoli to hold office, might give rise to impeachability in a democracy. He did not elaborate on the issue, but the party sent a very strong message.

"While there is not yet support from our allies in this regard, the SACP continues to believe that Mbeki should be recalled," Nzimande said.

" Quite how this should be done without creating more instability is a matter to be considered soberly - perhaps the calling of an early election could be considered."

He said Cosatu only differed on how and when Mbeki should be removed. The party was aware that the ANC did not as yet support the call but "we will continue to engage the ANC on this issue".

Cronin cautioned against focusing on one individual or over-personalising the issue.

The SACP criticised Home Affairs for failing to document immigrants, saying it was an anomaly that those coming through OR Tambo Airport were documented yet those entering through the borders were ignored.

The party lambasted Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni for planning to increase the interest rate by two percent, saying inflation targeting needed to be revisited.