Three of South Africa’s former presidents, and one former deputy president will be hosting a series of discussions on the national general crises facing the country.
Mbeki, along with former heads of state FW de Klerk and Kgalema Motlanthe, kick-started a series of national dialogues in Johannesburg on Friday.
The National Foundations Dialogue Initiative launched this week, has the backing of notable foundations including The Helen Suzman, Desmond Tutu, and the Albert Luthuli foundations.
Former president Thabo Mbeki says the starting point for a national dialogue should be the goals south Africa set for itself in the Constitution, saying it’s time for the people to speak.
“We have a president who has not upheld his oath of office”, said De Klerk, referring to the Constitutional Court judgement which found that President Jacob Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution. The ANC called the order “pandering to the whims of the opposition”.
Calls have been mounting for Zuma to resign.
This ruling was as a result of a legal action filed in April by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party against the reshuffle that saw five ministers lose their jobs including former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Scandals around the president have included the spending of millions of dollars in state funds on his private home. He has paid back some of the money.