I'm putting my usual brand of optimism on hold until we can get a better view of a post Mbeki South Africa. This post from one of the readers.
President Thabo Mbeki has, to date, received letters of resignation from the following members of Cabinet which, regretfully, he has had to accept:
1. Deputy President
2. Minister of Defence
3. Minister of Finance
4. Minister in the Presidency, Dr. Essop Pahad
5. Minister of Intelligence
6. Minister of Correctional Services
7. Minister of Public Enterprises
8. Minister of Science and Technology
9. Minister of Public Works
10. Minister of Provincial and Local Government
11. Minister of Public Service and Administration
The following Deputy Ministers have also tendered their resignations:
1. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Aziz Pahad
2. Deputy Minister of Finance and
3. Deputy Minister of Correctional Services
The resignations will be effective from the day that the President''s resignation takes effect. All the Ministers have expressed their availability to assist the incoming administration in the hand-over process and any other assistance that might be sought from them. President Mbeki thanked the Deputy President, the Ministers and the Deputy Ministers for their dedicated service to the nation and wished them well in their future endeavours.
fuck with trevor leaving the markets are going to collapse, rooster hier kom kak
On the negative side, I haven't verified this, but let's assume it's the truth. However let's curb the panic and remember a few things. The South African economic policies and philosophies are far bigger than mister Manuel. And the economic growth we've seen and continue to see is evidence of far more than just clever fiscal policy. The South Africans environment remains and will remain vibrant despite anything the government can throw at it in the short term. That assumes they will be stupid enough to change anything at all given the remarkable economic success we've had and the credibility it's given the A.N.C. To change this in any sense would be to throw away their trump card.
I also see a few positions there which honestly could use a kick up the bum and obviously their resignation is a step in the right direction. I also can't see all these ministers up and moving without popping their heads up in some form in the South African politisphere in the new few weeks. It should be interesting to see what shift/movement we are going to see in A.N.C loyalty ammongst the votership. Certainly mr Mbeki had his enemies, but he also had his friends. It could all be an exciting time for the democratic process in South Africa where a real opposition emereges.