Tainiting the office

2008-05-14 00:00

DEMOCRATIC Alliance leader Helen Zille this week said President Thabo Mbeki should leave office immediately and asked that the National Assembly be dissolved so that a national election could be held. Her argument, citing well-known examples, was that Mbeki has consistently failed to uphold basic tenets of the South African Constitution.

How grand it would be if Zille’s other suggestion, that not the ANC alone, but the entire electorate, should vote for the state president, were to be accepted. At least then we’d have a wider and, one hopes, more talented and suitable, choice of potential candidates instead of, as now, the prospect of exchanging one kind of lame-duck president for another.

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