Dec 2, 2008, 5:03 AM
Another major criticism that will be leveled is that he failed to address the gap between rich and poor along racial lines. It must be said that there is now a burgeoning black middle class where there never was before but the gap between the haves and have nots has increased very significantly. Unfortunately the majority of those languishing in poverty are still black.
The resignation comes days after a high court judge suggested that Mr. Mbeki may have interfered in a corruption case against his rival, ANC leader Jacob Zuma.
The decision to call for Mr. Mbeki's early resignation was taken at a meeting of the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC).
Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said this was not punishment for Mr. Mbeki,
adding that the president would be given the chance to continue his role as
term he failed to convince the trade unions and the poorest South Africans that
the government has acted in their interest - providing space for Mr. Zuma to
mobilise a powerful constituency. In this way it was in a way his own political
naiveté that led to his downfall. As with all political careers, history will
take different views of the career of Thabo Mbeki. Now is not the time for
recrimination. Mbeki should be praised for his contribution to politics not
"Man is by nature a political animal."