Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Friday, May 23, 2008

Motlanthe escapes
It seems that African National Congress deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe has escaped the career suicide of cabinet - for now. Motlanthe, recently sworn in as an MP, will remain a back-bencher for the forseeable future.

This gives him, and his high-powered backers, the time to monitor the situation with Jacob Zuma and have an 'on the ground' presence to challenge for the Presidency. It also most likely signals Motlanthe's willingness to challenge for the position. Time will tell...