Cape Town - Former Mandela-era Cabinet minister Roelf Meyer has said the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are the biggest beneficiaries of President Jacob Zuma’s stubborn refusal to resign following the Constitutional Court's Nkandla judgment.
Meyer, who served as constitutional development minister in the coalition government, told the Financial Mail that the only way to restore credibility in the country is for Zuma "to go".
The former National Party politician said the ruling party will suffer in the local government elections if Zuma remains president, and the EFF will be the biggest winners if that happens.
Meyer, who co-founded the United Democratic Movement (UDM) in 1997, also described the sacking of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene as “the biggest mistake in recent history”.
'Ramaphosa can lead South Africa'
Last year, Meyer told Netwerk24 that under good leadership, like that of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa could become a "successful, sustainable country".
"I think Cyril will be a very good leader. I will give him all the support he deserves. He has the ability to lead the country and I hope it will happen. He has the will to do it," Meyer said at the time.
Meyer and Ramaphosa forged a friendship after being tasked to negotiate a peace settlement in the 1990s on behalf of the NP and ANC respectively, News24 reported last June.
Their work, along with a few others, paved the way for the adoption of a new Constitution in 1996, which Meyer described as “probably one of the best in the world”.
Ramaphosa will be up against others in the battle for the ANC leadership, and will need to solidify political support in the run-up to the ANC's elective conference at the end of 2017, Meyer said last year.