Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Friday, June 08, 2007

Good Friday?
The ANC today debates an issue critical to the presidency; whether or not to change the policy that the ANC party president must be either the incumbent state president or the next state presidential candidate. With all the talk of Mbeki taking a third ANC party presidency so as to alleviate the pressure on the December ANC succession battle, today's decision could have far-reaching consequences.

As I've stated before, I'm against the creation of two centres of power, such which would exist post-2009 if Mbeki was party president and another leader was state president. Thankfully though, media reports confirm that the ANC regional structures will likely vote against such a change.

One would also think that Mbeki is less concerned about Zuma's chances for state presidency now than he was when the 3rd term was mooted a few months ago, so he will probably not be whipping up support as dramatically.