‘It’s wrong for a president to try to change a Constitution while in office’
The former president, answering questions at Unisa, says leaders on the continent need to be democratic.
JOHANNESBURG - Former President Thabo Mbeki says it's wrong for presidents to try and change the constitutions of their countries while they're in office, just so they can stay in power.
Earlier today, he answered questions from an audience at the University of South Africa (Unisa), which was broadcast on Unisa radio.
Mbeki also said it was useless for African countries to argue who among them should represent the continent as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council when the current members haven't yet agreed to change the body's structure.
The former president says leaders on the continent need to be democratic.
"It's incorrect, I think, for a Thabo Mbeki to be elected for the basis of two terms and halfway through the second term, I say let's change the Constitutions so that I have the third term."