14 June, 2005

Deputy President is relieved of duties by President of South Africa

Many of the online newspapers in South Africa have just broken with lead stories relating to the end of the speculation surrounding the position of Deputy President Jacob Zuma since the completion of the Shaik trial in the Durban High Court. Here are some of the links :

Mbeki fires Zuma - Business Day

Excerpt :
"Mbeki said: "I have come to the conclusion that the circumstances dictate that in the interest of the honourable Deputy President, the government, our young democratic system and our country, it would be best to release the honourable Jacob Zuma from his responsibilities as deputy president of the republic and member of the Cabinet."Mbeki said he would make an announcement about the change in his Cabinet in due course. Mbeki told the joint sitting on Tuesday it seemed self-evident that arising out of the judgement, further legal processes would be undertaken in the higher courts."
Deputy president sacked - Mail & Guardian

Mbeki releases Zuma - IOL (Independent Online)

Zuma gets the sack - News24