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Jacob Zuma South Africa Thabo Mbeki

Dismissed as deputy

14 Jun, 2005

President Mbeki dismisses his deputy Zuma. Mbeki:

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.


I believe he has taken this decision not because he believes I am guilty of any crime but because of considerations relating to the constraints within which government operates.