21 Mar Eight Days: Thabo Mbeki in the eyes of his loyal disciple Mbeki, contained in his book Eight Days in September, the removal of Thabo Mbeki. “Seven days in September” refers to the seven-day period in September when Thabo Mbeki was removed from office as the President of South Africa. 1 May In September 20, , South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, took the unprecedented step of dismissing Thabo Mbeki, the.

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Very interesting book,really a page turner and an eye opener to those who were not aware of how politicians can be cruel and dishonest back stabbers and how unloyal their are,thanks to Frank Chikane for his courage and for being brave enough to tell us the truth.

What was going to happen next, including to the staff at the relevant official households? Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. He was also hesitant about making decisions or expressing opinions on matters which went beyond the currency of his office, except where it was absolutely necessary. The lines between parliament and party were again blurred and parliament was used as if it were a representative of the ruling party rather than elected representatives of the people.

This to me was a negation of the image of God in us. None of your libraries hold this item. The question we had to deal with was: We had to wait for the NEC national executive committee to make its decision before we could determine the implications. It was obvious that I could not answer all these questions at that moment and alone.

The team from the presidency used its normal contacts within parliament, developed over many years, to continue working together below the radar of the politics of the day as we had to prepare for the swearing in of the president. Section 90 of the Constitution states: In terms of s 84 d of the Constitution, which gives him the power to summon parliament to an extraordinary sitting, the 8 days in september the removal of thabo mbeki could have asked the presiding officers in parliament — that is, the speaker of the National Assembly and the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces NCP — to convene a joint sitting of the two houses to announce his resignation in parliament, rather than hand over a letter of resignation to the speaker.


Mbeki entered the room and we all stood up in respect, congratulated him for the address to the nation and then took our seats again. Not on the basis of such an obviously faulty judgement of Judge Chris Nicholson discussed in detail in Chapter 7. Fellow South Africans, I have no doubt 8 days in september the removal of thabo mbeki you are aware of the announcement made yesterday by the National Executive Committee of the ANC with regard to the position of the President of the Republic.

Eight days in September: The removal of Thabo Mbeki, Frank Chikane: book review

I also ensured that all the participants were aware of the new pressures I was subjected to. Section 90 of the Constitution states:. At this point I was reminded of one of our theological activists who visited Nicaragua during the reversals of the gains in the struggle there. Any person who does 8 days in september the removal of thabo mbeki unauthorised act in relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages.

It reemoval for this reason that I stated in the early s that if blacks took over government and oppressed whites, I would go to prison again. I was involved in the struggle to save our people from the brutal violence of the apartheid system and its crude racial policies, which treated black people as less than human.

His view was that the ANC did not follow xays Constitution in dealing with the matter of removal of the president from office. As secretary of the renoval and head director-general of the presidency at the time, Frank Chikane was directly responsible for managing the transition from Mbeki to Kgalema Motlanthe, and then on to Jacob Zuma, and was one of only a few who had a front-row seat to the unfolding drama.

Presumably the thinking was — as a matter of courtesy — that he should learn about 8 days in september the removal of thabo mbeki decision from the party, not from the media or third parties, but we believed he should not be woken. The speaker did not consult the president about this matter and he had no advance warning of the letter or the contents thereof as we would have expected.


There were radical differences during the question and answer session, but at the end most of the participants agreed that there was no other agreement without compromises that could be used to help normalise the situation in Zimbabwe other than the GPA. Because it was in the middle of the service Sepptember could not answer her or respond.

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We would require an extensive evaluation workshop to reflect on this period. But we had passed that stage during the night and were more concerned now about managing the crisis in a way that thr not cause pain to the people of South Africa, accepting that we could not at that stage do much about the decision of the ANC and the pain Mbeki was going to go through, except for the limited support we could give him.

I then focused on the liturgy and order of proceedings.

Managing the interregnum Fowler impressed on me the need to address the hiatus on the Thursday morning occasioned by the letter from parliament.

Whatever the case, parliament chose to deal with the matter as just a matter of moving a motion to determine the date when the resignation would take effect, followed by a letter to the president informing him about the date.

In any case, I was not needed for that meeting as the director-general and secretary of the cabinet as this was a purely party matter.

February 24, at For me it was more awkward to honour this invitation, in the light of the unfolding events which affected me directly and required my urgent attention, especially because of the meetings with the security entities given that I was the secretary of the National Security Council. This argument did not help the situation as it suggested that people would not go until the letter was delivered.

Even the proposal that he should be allowed a month or so to complete some of his critical commitments of state was shot down.