It's about the country, not individuals - Mbeki

2016-04-26 05:34
Former president Thabo Mbeki

Former president Thabo Mbeki (Nelius Rademan/Foto24; Gaut)

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Johannesburg - In what seemed to be a veiled reference to President Jacob Zuma, former president, Thabo Mbeki, said the country needed to come first and not an individual.

Mbeki, briefing reporters in Johannesburg, said there needed to be national dialogue in order to deal with the challenges facing the country.

"If that means removing Max Boqwana from his position as CEO of the [Thabo Mbeki] foundation let that be one of the outcomes, which is perfectly okay.

"This in my view is because there is this bigger issue of the future of the country and not the future of particular individuals," Mbeki said.

The chorus of those calling for Zuma to resign following the Constitutional Court's Nkandla judgment have increased.

Some of those calling for Zuma to step aside were ANC stalwarts, former MK generals, civil society, the general public and some still within the party.

The Constitutional Court found that Zuma had acted inconsistently with the Constitution when he did not comply with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remedial action in her "Secure in Comfort" report.

Zuma addressed the nation apologising. He said he did not "deliberately or knowingly" violate the Constitution.

The ANC's national working committee has accepted Zuma's apology. 

Mbeki said the country needed to hold a national dialogue on how to move the country forward.

"It's quite clear that there are many things that have not gone right," he said.

These included, "things reported by Statistics South Africa about the youth, levels of unemployment, levels of poverty, even the fact that the Constitutional Court had to read out a lesson to the nation about what is meant by a Constitutional democracy".

"It illustrates that something is wrong."

The citizens of the country needed to discuss what was wrong and look at where they came from, where they were today, and where they wanted to be in the future.

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