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London Forces South African President Mbeki's Resignation

Sept. 22, 2008 (EIRNS)—South African President Thabo Mbeki, in a dignified televised address to the nation on Sept. 21, announced that he had handed his letter of resignation to the Speaker of Parliament, effective from a date to be determined by the National Assembly. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) had demanded his resignation on Sept. 20, following a long campaign by London-controlled assets in the ANC, and outside the ANC in South Africa. An ANC member who wins an election, is appointed by the ANC. A life-long member of the ANC, dating back to the fight against apartheid, Mbeki stated, "I have been an loyal member of the African National Congress for 52 years. I remain a member of the ANC and therefore respect its decisions. It is for this reason that I've taken the decision to resign as President of the republic."

The ANC has revealed today that Kgalema Motlanthe, deputy president of the ANC, has been selected to become the acting president of the country in the interim, until the next election in seven months. Since the interim president is chosen by Parliament, the official announcement awaits that vote, which is expected Thursday, Sept. 25, along with his swearing in.

The pretext for the week-long assault on Mbeki from High Court Judge Chris Nicholson. He threw out a case on a technicality against an opponent of Mbeki's, Jacob Zuma (Mbeki's opponents are pushing Zuma for President in the election next year), and suggested, in a statement that had nothing to do with his ruling, that there had been political meddling in the case against Zuma, implying that it was motivated by the Mbeki government. This was seized on by Mbeki's opponents, to go after him more vigorously. Zuma is still open to investigation for corruption.

Nicholson is one of the post-apartheid judges who comes from a human rights and anti-apartheid background. He is a former trustee of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa, which receives funding from George Soros's Open Society Foundation. To give an idea of the London stamp on this operation, it supported a study pushed by the South African environmentalists against the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor. Nicholson founded the LRC's Durban office during the apartheid era.