Excerpt from today's Channel 4 News Snowmail, authored by Britain's top investigative news reporter and presenter Jon Snow, Friday 19 September 2008:
In South Africa the bell has been tolled for Thabo Mbeki. The ANC have told him to resign as president and if he doesn’t they have said they will pass a vote of no confidence. It’s a moment that has all the hallmarks of a Shakespearean tragedy.
Mbeki, the exile, has always fought both his own conscience and his foes, many of whom are people who slogged through the battle against Apartheid inside the country.
He’s an intellectual and for a president, an honest man, but he made a catastrophic and alienating mistake over the origins of AIDS and has never recovered. Now after years of building difficulties he stands accused of conspiring to get his anticipated successor, Jacob Zuma, prosecuted for corruption and so barred from succeeding him.
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UPDATE: SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2008SA's Mbeki says he will step down (BBC)BBC report
Saturday 20 September 2008 - excerpt:
South African President Thabo Mbeki will accept a call to resign by the governing African National Congress (ANC), his spokesman has said.
Mukoni Ratshitanga said Mr Mbeki would leave his post once "all constitutional requirements have been met".
It comes days after a High Court judge suggested that Mr Mbeki may have interfered in a corruption case against his rival, ANC leader Jacob Zuma.
Mr Zuma was expected to succeed Mr Mbeki in scheduled elections next year.
Photo: Mr Mbeki has denied interfering in the case against Jacob Zuma (AFP/BBC)
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South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has agreed to step down. The metaphorical pistol having been put to his temple by his own party the ANC. His position, it seems, untenable after a long-running battle in and out of the law courts with his arch-rival Jacob Zuma. - Channel 4 News Tomomail, Saturday 20 September 2008.
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