South Africa’s ex-President Thabo Mbeki has called on MPs of the governing African National Congress (ANC) to act in the interest of voters – rather than their party – during next week’s opposition-sponsored motion to oust the scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma, the local IOL news site reports .
Mr Mbeki’s call is bound to incur the wrath of Mr Zuma’ supporters, who have vowed to defeat the motion which will be voted on in parliament, the site says.
The oposition accuses Mr Zuma of being corrupt, and say he sacked the respected Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in order to get greater control over the Treasury.
Mr Zuma denies being corrupt, and says the cabinet reshuffle was aimed at promoting “radical economic transformation” for the benefit of the black majority.
Mr Mbeki said, in an article for the site, that MPs shoul be the voice of the people and “not the voice of the political parties to which they belong”, IOL reports.
He added that the current controersy may have given Sout Africa an opportunity to better define define the constitutional and moral relationship between the people and their elected representatives.”
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