The resignation of 14 Cabinet Ministers loyal to President Mbeki signals the beginning of a radical realignment of South African politics. It is clear that behind the display of unity, that there is deep dissatisfaction with the ANC NEC's decision to recall the President.
Many of the Ministers resigning, including Trevor Manuel, Mosiuoa Lekota and Ronnie Kasrils, served their office with distinction. That the ANC is willing to sacrifice them and risk our country's stability in order to wreak revenge on the President, speaks volumes about its lack of commitment to stable government.
The time is now upon us to radically realign the political landscape. We must bring together all of those in the opposition and in the ruling party who believe in the supremacy of the Constitution and build an alternative to Jacob Zuma's ANC.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) will take this process forward with those who share our vision for a non-racial, democratic and prosperous South Africa in which all are equal before the law.
Statement issued by Democratic Alliance leader, Helen Zille
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the President of the Inkatha Freedom Party, has said that the resignation of eleven ministers, including the Deputy- President and the Finance Minister, has disturbingly demonstrated that the decision to recall President Mbeki by the ANC was made in "indecent haste", was "ill-conceived and ham-fistedly handled", and can only serve to further erode the political stability of SA.
Prince Buthelezi paid tribute to the courage of the Ministers who had resigned and described today's events as "an unmitigated disaster "and as "a watershed moment" in the history of the country's democracy.
Statement issued by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, President of the Inkatha Freedom Party.
De Lille expresses "shock" over resignations
ID President Patricia de Lille says the ID ‘was shocked to hear about the mass resignation of Ministers from the Cabinet.
‘It is clear that the ANC is now at war with itself. The once-proud liberation movement has now definitely lost its way,' Ms De Lille says.
‘Over the past few days the ID has stressed that the ANC must have a clear plan to deal with the resignation of the President and any other Ministers and senior officials. ‘Clearly, this has not been done and while the ANC assured the nation that certain Ministers would stay, they are instead leaving,' says De Lille.
‘The Zuma camp has failed to plan ahead to prevent political and economic instability. It is therefore the view of the Independent Democrats that President Mbeki should dissolve Parliament and call an early election.
‘South Africans now, more than any other time before in our democracy, need decisive leadership and hope,' De Lille says.
Statement issued by Independent Democrats.