‘Zuma is adding to the problems facing the ANC’

Moeletsi Mbeki says this is a crucial year for SA as it gears up for Local Government Elections.

Deputy Chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs and former President Thabo Mbeki’s brother, Moeletsi Mbeki. Picture: Moeletsi Mbeki for President Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs, Moeletsi Mbeki says President Jacob Zuma is adding to the problems facing the African National Congress (ANC).

Brother to former President Thabo Mbeki, the political analyst says this year is a crucial year for South Africa, gearing up for Local Government Elections.

Mbeki says 2015 saw tempers flare in Parliament and across the political spectrum and he believes the issues will persist in the new year.

Mbeki says the ANC holds a comfortable majority in government, but warns that for the first time it's now seeing wide-spread demonstrations for calls to have the president removed.

He was making reference to the 'Zuma Must Fall' campaign, which saw thousands of South Africans take to the streets late last year.

Mbeki says he doesn't think the demonstrations will lead to Zuma resigning.

"He has never been a bright shining star in the ANC, so he's adding to these problems by his own activities."

He says this year is an opportunity for opposition parties to capitalise on the ANC's lost votes.

"To say to the people what is it that they would do differently."

Mbeki adds opposition parties should sharpen their solutions to the problems facing the country and not just point out the ANC's errors.