Please meet, Zille urges Mbeki, Zuma

2008-01-11 00:00

Cape Town — Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has called on President Thabo Mbeki and newly elected ANC leader Jacob Zuma to convene an urgent meeting to discuss how they plan to prevent the looming conflict between the “two centres of power” which now faces the ANC.

In a statement yesterday, Zille said that, with every key leadership position in the ANC now filled by a Jacob Zuma supporter, it is clear that South Africa faces a “two centres of power” problem.

“Despite pledges of unity at the Polokwane conference, it has … become clear that fundamental differences between Luthuli House and the Union Buildings are set to undermine government’s ability to function effectively,” Zille said.

“It is in the interest of South Africa that Mbeki and Zuma convene an urgent meeting to discuss how they plan to prevent this conflict from paralysing government. They must then explain to the public exactly how they will achieve a workable solution.”

Earlier this week, following the election of the ANC’s National Working Committee, Zille commented that the battle for the soul of the ANC had been won by Jacob Zuma — and that the battle for the soul of South Africa has just begun. She said the ANC has been irreversibly captured by “populists, careerists and convicted criminals”.

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