ANC and South Africa have not recovered from Mbeki's recall: analyst

Political analyst Professor Tinyiko Maluleke says that the African National Congress (ANC) and South Africa have not recovered from the manner in which former president Thabo Mbeki left office eight years ago.

On 21 September 2008, Mbeki formerly announced his resignation as South African President after the ANC voted to recall him.

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo on 702, Professor Maluleke says that Mbeki's recall was not the best way to remove a President.

He says that the country could have been in a better position today, if the process followed to remove Mbeki was better than the recall.

The whole process of removing him was quite messy

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst

Professor Maluleke says that if there was a crisis unfolding ahead of President Mbeki's recall, it was potentially around two centres of power in the ANC after Jacob Zuma was elected ANC President, and of Mbeki being too unconnected from people.

He says that the crises faced at the time in the country were not significant enough to not have Mbeki to stay in office for the remainder of his term as State President.

If he hadn't done that he might have faced humiliation in Parliament, where members of his own party would have acted to remove him

Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, political analyst

Professor Tinyiko says that the recall and subsequent resignation of former President Mbeki eight years ago, has set a precedent of overcompensation from the ANC today.

Listen to the conversation below:


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