Ministers put SA at risk

Your editorial comment "Ministers' hissy fit risk to all" (September 25) was spot on. What were they thinking? ANC president Jacob Zuma called on all ANC ministers and deputies to continue serving the people of our country, but they defied him and the NEC.

Your editorial comment "Ministers' hissy fit risk to all" (September 25) was spot on. What were they thinking? ANC president Jacob Zuma called on all ANC ministers and deputies to continue serving the people of our country, but they defied him and the NEC.

Some violated the solemn declaration of their membership, that they will abide by the ANC's aims and objectives. The constitution states that ANC members who hold elective office in any sphere of governance are required to be members of the appropriate caucus, to function within its rules and to abide by its decisions.

It's therefore clear that their intention was self-serving and preposterous with an agenda to create a cloud of uncertainty and destabilise the market. I expected Thabo Mbeki to provide leadership on the technical legal understanding of the country's Constitution together with the NEC to address far-reaching economic and political implications of mass resignations. Instead he allowed them to resort to Hollywood-style breaking news to embarrass the ANC.

In August 1989, a National Party caucus meeting asked PW Botha to resign for strategic reasons and FW de Klerk became acting state president the next day.

The challenge facing the ANC now is to continue the work for organisational renewal and unity in a struggle to build a better life for all.

Morgan Phaahla, Ekurhuleni

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