BY PRINCE MANGOSUTHU BUTHELEZI MP,
PRESIDENT OF THE IFP
"The nation must unite at this sombre
moment" Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi said today in response
to President Mbeki's announcement that he is to dismiss the
Deputy-President, Mr Jacob Zuma in the aftermath of Judge Hilary
Squires ruling that he and Shabir Shaik had "a generally
Buthelezi said that President Mbeki was
"correct" in exercising his constitutional prerogative
to dismiss Mr Zuma because the "situation hung like a dark
cloud over South Africa and would have eventually paralysed the
executive". Buthelezi added it would have been difficult
for Mr Mbeki to travel to Gleneagles for the G8 next month to
ask for additional aid for Africa if Mr Zuma was still in
office, as "transparency and accountability are the basic
tenets of good governance".
Of Mr Zuma, Buthelezi said:
"On a personal note, I am naturally
saddened that a leader of his stature from our province has
fallen. Like many people, I have great respect for 'Msholozi'
and share the pain of losing a leader of his calibre.
"He brought a certain charm, warmth
and empathy for his people to his office. The breadth of Mr
Zuma's support from the trade unions to the youth testifies to
his humanity, which is the hallmark of the man. He will be
"I hope that Mr Zuma will take the
opportunity to take whatever legal remedies that he feels are
necessary to clear his name."