August 8 marks 10 years since Mbeki fired Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge

Ten years ago in South Africa, on the eve of Women's day, former President Thabo Mbeki fired Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, the deputy Health Minister at the time.

Madlala-Routledge. Nozizwe is now the executive director and founding member of Embrace Dignity. Speaking to Midday Report host, Madlala-Routledge says August 8 will always be etched in her mind as the day she was fired.

Fast forward to 8 August 2017, Madlala-Routledge says today marks a different era but resembles events of 2007.

I was surprised then when I saw the public statement issued by Mbeki outlining the reasons for my dismal which was different from what he told me. I had actually not received the statement that he had published.

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Executive Director and founding member of Embrace Dignity

It is an interesting situation right now in relation to how former Minister of Finance and his deputy, Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas were fired says Madlala-Routledge. She goes on to say the reasons of axing both Gordhan and Jonas reflect the dishonesty and clarity from the highest office bearer in South Africa.

For me the important thing is to look into the issue of internal party democracies. Right now we see a situation where honest members of the ANC are faced with moral dilemmas.

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Executive Director and founding member of Embrace Dignity

On the one hand they have spoken strongly against the party publicly to say why President Zuma must go but while on the other hand they threatened and silenced says Madlala-Routledge. She says if Zuma was recalled, it wont be the end of the world.

We removed Thabo Mbeki and the country continued running smoothly.

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Executive Director and founding member of Embrace Dignity

EWN parliamentary correspondent, Gaye Davis broke the story of the Madlala-Routledge axing, ten years. She says she heard from the former Health Minister about the sacking. Davis adds that the presidency wasn't confirming the dismal.

I think the presidency at the time was forced to release this letter because of the public outcry around her sacking..and she had clashed repeatedly with the then Health Minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

Gaye Davis, EWN parliamentary correspondent

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