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South Africa: The ruling ANC is not aligned with the constitution, says Kgalema Motlanthe

By Xolisa Phillip, in Johannesburg
Posted on Monday, 19 July 2021 11:47

South Africa's Kgalema Motlanthe in Ottawa, Canada on 27 November 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress (ANC) - the oldest liberation movement on the continent - is operating as though it has no constitution, says former president Kgalema Motlanthe. The country is in crisis following more than a week of mass rioting in two populous provinces following the imprisonment of former leader Jacob Zuma.

Motlanthe served as head of state between 2008 and 2009, the period that followed Jacob Zuma’s rise to power as ANC boss in 2007 and Thabo Mbeki’s recall from the highest office in the country.

Following the 2009 general election, when Zuma became state president, Motlanthe served as deputy president until 2014. Motlanthe is also the erstwhile general secretary of the ANC, a role in which he served for two terms until December 2007.