September 21, 2008 |
South African President Thabo Mbeki was forced from office Saturday, paving the way for rival Jacob Zuma to take power and leaving the country in a state of political and economic uncertainty. The populist Zuma, expected to take over after parliamentary elections next year, has made several comebacks from near political oblivion: He beat rape charges in 2006 and just more than a week ago managed to have fraud and racketeering charges thrown out on a technicality.
September 20, 2008 |
When President Thabo Mbeki was in Zimbabwe in recent days putting together the deal that saw Robert Mugabe give up his monopoly on power there, the knives were being sharpened at home. The 86-member national executive committee of the ruling African National Congress party met Friday to decide whether to force Mbeki from office before his term expires next year, a move that would probably plunge the party and the country into political turmoil.
December 22, 2007 |
South African President Thabo Mbeki, speaking publicly for the first time since losing his post as leader of the ruling party, pledged Friday to serve out his term in office, which ends in 2009. His defeat this week at an acrimonious conference of the African National Congress had raised speculation that he could be forced from office. "I have no reason to assume that there would be anything that would stop the government serving the full term for which it was elected," Mbeki said.
December 17, 2007 |
South African President Thabo Mbeki received a stinging rebuff Sunday from supporters of his bitter rival, Jacob Zuma, in the lead-up to a crucial leadership vote at the national conference of the ruling African National Congress. Moments after Mbeki's speech, his last chance to win over support, thousands of delegates signaled their disapproval by standing up and singing Zuma's trademark song, "Umshini Wami," which loosely translates as "Bring Me My Machine (Gun)."
February 10, 2007 |
Engulfed by a tide of public anger over violent crime, President Thabo Mbeki acknowledged in his annual state of the nation speech Friday that the government needed to work harder to eradicate what he called an "ugly and repulsive" scourge. Mbeki's speech was in marked contrast to recent televised remarks in which he said there was no evidence that most South Africans thought crime was out of control. Critics said Mbeki was in denial about one of the worst violent crime rates on Earth.
June 15, 2005 |
President Thabo Mbeki sacked his popular deputy over corruption allegations Tuesday, deflecting concerns that the South African government was slow to act in the face of scandal. The firing of Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who had been widely seen as Mbeki's heir apparent, raised questions about who will succeed the president in 2009 and upset some of the ruling party's supporters in the trade unions.