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2008-09-22 09:00:19

Excerpt from report by website of non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency ANC president Jacob Zuma hinted on Monday that his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe would become acting president, but stopped short of confirming this. [Passage omitted] He called on all ANC ministers and deputy ministers to continue their work, supported by the public service "which is not affected at all by the change". Mbeki tendered his resignation on Sunday night after the ruling party informed...

2008-09-22 03:00:02

Text of report by London-based opposition newzimbabwe.com website on 22 September [Report by Clare Nullis: "Mbeki Resigns After Losing Power Struggle"] South African President Thabo Mbeki told the nation Sunday that he had resigned, having lost a power struggle to a rival tainted by allegations of corruption but poised now to lead the country. In a sombre but dignified speech focusing on the successes and shortcomings of his nine-year presidency, Mbeki said he had submitted a letter to...

2008-09-22 00:00:07

By WILLIAM GUMEDE COMMENT In the end President Thabo Mbeki's demise was as cold, calculated and brutal as his own reputation was for dispensing of his political enemies. Although Mr Mbeki performed woefully on a range of policies, from failing to deal effectively with crime, HIV/Aids, poverty and unemployment, to refusing to provide income support to the poorest families while running budget surpluses, this was not what finally brought him down. Nor was it his ideological differences...

2008-09-21 18:00:12

Text of report by press release service of South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency [Statement Issued by the Democratic Alliance on the SAP PR Wire Service] 21 September 2008 President Mbeki made a dignified resignation speech. He used the opportunity to spell out the points of his Presidency for which he wishes to be remembered, and to differ with the opinion expressed by Judge Chris Nicholson in the judgment of 12 September 2008. This judgment gave the Jacob Zuma faction the...

2008-09-21 18:00:02

South African President Thabo Mbeki officially delivered his resignation to the parliamentary speaker Sunday, ending his term in office. The Times in Johannesburg, South Africa, reported Mbeki's resignation followed the African National Congress national executive committee's decision to oust him. Mbiki had drawn criticism for not joining the ANC's fight against corruption charges against ANC President Jacob Zuma. "Today I handed a letter to the speaker of the speaker of the national...

2008-09-21 09:00:12

Text of report by UK-based Zimbabwean news website Zimdaily.com on 20 September [Unattributed report: "Mbeki To Address Nation Sunday"] South African President Thabo Mbeki will address the nation after a special cabinet meeting Sunday [21 September], the government said, after Mbeki on Saturday [20 September] said he would accept calls for his resignation. "There will be a cabinet meeting tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) and then the president will speak to the nation at 7.30 p.m. (1730...

2008-09-20 15:00:18

Text of report by website of non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency [Report by Mirah Langer] JOHANNESBURG Sept 20 - While the ANC said president Thabo Mbeki's agreement to resign on Saturday will help stabilise the country, some opposition parties and analysts expressed deep concerns for its ramifications for SA [South Africa]. Addressing the media at the Esselen Park conference centre in Kempton Park on the East Rand, African National Congress secretary- general...

2008-09-20 12:00:08

Text of report by website of non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency The United Democratic Movement has condemned the manner in which the ANC recalled President Thabo Mbeki on Saturday, describing it as "an act of political barbarity." "To remove the head of state like this is an act of political barbarity that threatens to plunge the country into anarchy," Bantu Holomisa said in a statement on Saturday. The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania said the ANC decision was...

2008-09-13 00:00:09

By Kim Sengupta Jacob Zuma's path to power in South Africa has been effectively cleared after a judge threw out corruption charges against him on the grounds that there may have been political meddling in his prosecution. The court upheld the ANC leader's complaints that he was not properly consulted before the National Prosecuting Authority decided to resurrect corruption charges against him in 2007 in connection with an arms scandal that has cast a shadow over South African politics for...

2008-08-05 12:00:17

Text of report by non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency PIETERMARITZBURG Aug 5 Sapa Ruling party leader Jacob Zuma lashed out at the media in an address to his supporters outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday. Zuma, who will know on September 12 whether the court will scrap a graft case against him, spoke to his supporters mainly in isiZulu after Judge Chris Nicholson adjourned the hearing. He criticised the media for accusing him of using delaying...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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