[DEBATE] : ANC NEC on Mbeki recall
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ANC NEC on Mbeki recall
20 September 2008
Over the past two days, the National Executive Committee of the ANC
has deliberated on the Pietermaritzburg Court judgement on the 12th of
September by Judge Chris Nicholson.
In particular, we have focused on the implications of the judgement
for our movement, and for our people as a whole.
The judgement has had a profound impact on many aspects of our legal
system. It has obviously also had an impact on the affairs of the ANC.
We wish to assert to you that our most important task as a
revolutionary movement is the stability of our country and the unity
and cohesion of the ANC. Our movement has been through a trying period
and we are determined to heal the rifts that may exist.
In the light of this, and after a long and difficult discussion, the
ANC has decided to recall the President of the Republic before his
term of office expires.
Our decision has been communicated to him.
The formalities are now subject of a Parliamentary process and, we can
assure you, will take place in a way which ensures smooth running of
We acknowledge with deep admiration all the great strides our country
has made under the stewardship of President Mbeki. He remains a loyal
cadre of our movement and we will continue to work closely with him on
matters relating to our desire to achieve a developmental state.
We will follow with precision all the constitutional requirements to
ensure that interim arrangements are in place to ensure the smooth
running of the government.
In the coming days, the President of the ANC will meet with ANC
deployees in government to assure them that the NEC would wish for
them to remain in Government.
To the citizens of South Africa, we make the commitment that we share
their desire for stability and for a peaceful and prosperous South
Africa. We believe that our decision is in the interests of making
that a secure reality.
Statement issued by the African National Congress National Executive
Committee September 20 2008
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