Former SA President Thabo Mbeki resigned in 2008 after the ANC announced that it would recall him from office before the end of his term. ANC then replaced him with Jacob Zuma.
At the time, Jacob Zuma, who only had a 6th grade-level education, had been tried and acquitted for rape, was a polygamist who still had scandals with other women and faced 783 corruption and racketeering charges. All those supposed negatives were offset by the fact that Jacob Zuma was seen as a man of the people.
President Zuma has since evolved into something of an enemy of South Africans with cries for Zuma to fall being really common place in the public space. Recently, the President did a cabinet reshuffle that saw beloved Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan being set aside.
The reshuffle had caused a downward spiral of the country’s currency and a reversal of their investment worthiness to junk status. South Africans had taken to the streets to protest and call for Zuma’s resignation. The ANC had, however, refused to recall him and blocked off one of the avenues whereas the President can be removed.
The second avenue is a no-confidence vote that will be Zuma’s fourth. On Tuesday, Thabo Mbeki waded into the no-confidence debate against President Jacob Zuma, urging lawmakers to set aside political affiliation during next week’s vote. Previous no-confidence votes have seen Zuma surviving because of the majority the ruling ANC enjoys in parliament.
Writing in an article published by The Star daily that extensively quoted the country’s constitution, Thabo Mbeki spoke of the April 18 parliamentary motion of no confidence in the president, saying that it is ‘obvious and logical’ that lawmakers “must act in parliament as the voice of the people, not the voice of the political parties to which they belong.” Continuing, he said;
“It may be that the current controversy has‚ at last, imposed on our country the opportunity and obligation the better to define the constitutional and moral relationship between the people and their elected representatives,”
More anti-Zuma demonstrations are planned for Wednesday in the capital Pretoria. Zuma will also be turning 75 on Wednesday but he will have to celebrate with the threat of the April 18 no-confidence vote hanging over his head.