The ANC's 54th National Conference in December 2017 and the subsequent removal of former president Jacob Zuma in February 2018 ushered in a new leadership in South Africa.
Former premier of Mpumalanga, David "DD" Mabuza, became the country's Deputy President. This therefore means he's next in line to the presidency of South Africa.
For a number of South Africans, this is an alarming prospect because of Mabuza's alleged controversial past as Mpumalanga premier.
One of those concerned is Kgabo Maditodi, who calls himself a "public servant." He wrote a public letter to Mabuza published on the City Press newspaper over the weekend, Briefly.co.za gathered.
In the letter, Maditodi implores on Mabuza to abandon his ambition of succeeding President Cyril Ramaphosa in order to "save South Africa from another Zuma era."
Maditodi cites the allegations made against Mabuza regarding alleged political killings and corruption in Mpumalanga. Mabuza has consistently denied these allegations.
With your contaminated past, Mr Deputy President, I implore you to, in the interest of our nation, abandon your ambition to succeed Ramaphosa as state president.
Your integrity profile does not befit the office of the president of the Republic of South Africa.
Maditodi argues that South Africa's main task at the moment is to rebuild trust between the state and citizens. In his view, Mabuza is unsuitable for this task:
Therefore, your taking over from Ramaphosa would be tantamount to Zuma succeeding Mbeki and today we know what this meant for our country.
To read Maditodi's public letter to Mabuza, click here.
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