Trevor Manuel is the highest profile ANC leader yet to call on President Jacob Zuma to resign. A politician since 1981 and South Africa’s highly respected Minister of Finance from 1996 to 2009, he served presidencies of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe. Manuel chaired the National Development Plan and during the First Zuma Administration (2009 to 2014) was a Minister in the Presidency responsible for the National Planning Commission. Manuel, married to Barclays Africa CEO Maria Ramos, left full-time politics two years ago; is the deputy chairman of Rothschild in South Africa, and was recently appointed chairman of Old Mutual. Manuel has also joined the chorus of ANC stalwarts calling for Zuma’s head. Tim Modise interviewed Trevor Manuel on his show Tonight with Tim Modise on Soweto TV (free to air and Channel 251 on DSTV). The full transcript is below. – Stuart Lowman
Former South African Finance Minister and now chairman of Old Mutual Trevor Manuel has called on President Jacob Zuma to resign.
Tim Modise: One of the longest-serving Finance Ministers in this country South Africa (in our nation) is Mr Trevor Manuel who has recently been appointed Chairman of Old Mutual. He is joining us to talk about the current state of affairs, his new position, and his experience. Of course, at this time, the nation that seems to be in turmoil around the Constitutional Court ruling in terms of the responsibilities of the President and his liabilities in terms of his Nkandla home as well as the Constitution, which he is said to have violated. The Constitutional Court said that the President did not abide by his oath. Those would be some of the issues, which we’ll talk about. We’ll talk about his experience in politics. We’ll talk about his experience now in business and also his personal development over the years going back to the days of the UDF. Mr Trevor Manuel, it’s a pleasure to have you with us.