Political Desk: ANC was not prepared for Zuma's removal - Lebohang Peko

Political analyst Lebohang Peko says events leading up to the latest resignation of one of South Africa's president's exposed the extent to which the African National Congress' (ANC) constitution was not prepared for the removal of a "stubborn' president".

President Jacob Zuma finally announced his resignation on Wednesday night after a two week long negotiation with party leaders.

READ: Zuma: I have come to the decision to resign

ALSO READ: 'Today, Zuma declared war on the ANC'

In an interview on Wednesday afternoon Zuma said he did not agree with party's recall, insisting that the national executive committee could not express why he should vacate office.

Peko says the ANC's processes and procedures must be clear.

The interview during the day schooled most of us in constitutionalism, political history, law and organisational frameworks.

Lebohang Pheko ,Senior Research Fellow And Political Economist at Trade Collective

What it did was expose the extent to which the ANC constitution was not prepared even though they had been through this before with the removal of former president Mbeki. It wasn't as prepared for the removal of a participial intransigent, stubborn character. Within the case of president Mbeki they had relied on a gentlemanly approach... personalities are not enough, processes and procedures must be intact, must be clear and must be easily and readily applicable.

Lebohang Pheko, senior Research Fellow And Political Economist at Trade Collective

It also shows that parliamentary processes themselves are not necessarily cut and dry... he raised interesting points around our relationship with power. If we don't have adequate checks and balances within important parties, and within the parliamentary processes it is very easy to enable a very authoritarian form of leader who is very difficult to remove.

Lebohang Pheko, senior Research Fellow And Political Economist at Trade Collective

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