Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says that ousted South African president Thabo Mbeki scored significant economic achievements and promoted peace in Africa, but he made enemies within his own party due to “his intolerance of challenges and dissent.”
Still, Tutu warned on September 22 against a payback mentality. “It is good old-fashioned tit-for-tat. Our country deserves better. The way of retribution leads to a banana republic,” Tutu said in a statement.
Mbeki announced his resignation September 21 after the ruling African National Congress asked him to step down after nine years as South African president. The measure followed infighting between his faction and supporters of new party leader Jacob Zuma.
The ANC said its deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe, would succeed the 66-year-old Mbeki as head of state until national elections are held in seven months.