The Thabo Mbeki foundation is over the moon, following the decision by the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress to recall President Jacob Zuma.
The announcement was made by Secretary General of the ANC, Ace Magashule, at Luthuli House on Tuesday. The foundation said many South Africans had been calling for the removal of President Zuma for a long time now, adding that the decision could only be welcomed under the circumstances.
“This was because- amongst others- he faces the possibility of prosecution for alleged criminal offences and is directly associated with negative developments such as the alleged corruption of various state bodies,” read a statement released by the foundation on Tuesday afternoon.
The foundation made particular reference to bodies like State-Owned Enterprises and the National Prosecuting Authority.
President Thabo Mbeki, himself, has always maintained that lies were used to force his removal from the top office in the land, following the 52nd National Conference of the ANC. The decision to finally recall President feels like poetic justice to some.
“It has been obvious for many years that the interests of our country would be best served if indeed Mr Zuma ceased to be President of the Republic,” continued the statement.
Like many who have welcomed the resolution to recall Zuma, the sentiment at the Thabo Mbeki foundation has been that Zuma should now do the honourable thing and resign.
“This long overdue resolution by the NEC of the African National Congress gives the possibility for the ANC as the governing party to urgently and immediately attend to the many challenges and negative developments which have arisen during the years of the Presidency of Mr Zuma.”