First on EWN: Roelf Meyer warns of SA leadership credibility crisis

Meyer says the legal battles pursued by Jacob Zuma have far-reaching consequences for the country.

Roelf Meyer. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Former Constitutional Development minister Roelf Meyer says South Africa's current leadership faces a credibility crisis.

Meyer warns ongoing legal and political dramas, some of which have involved president Jacob Zuma, have dented the country's image locally and abroad.

He told Eyewitness News that the legal battles pursued by Zuma have far-reaching consequences for the country.

He is concerned that law suits are receiving too much attention, given the work that's needed to address bigger issues.

"I think this is contributing to a decline in our fabric of a society, but also a decline in what we expect of our government. It is a real concern to me."

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When asked who would be Meyer's personal choice to succeed Zuma, the former minister was quick to reply.

"Cyril [Ramaphosa] will definitely be my preferred choice. He is obviously going to have competition, that is understandable as that is the nature of things, but I would support him."


Meyer has also expressed concern over the state of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

He says while South Africa may not be entering a war now, the country must decide whether it wants to play a bigger peace-keeping role on the continent or not.

WATCH: Meyer insists South Africans need frank discussions.

He told EWN South Africa's military spending is well below the international average.

Meyer, who has chaired a defence review committee, says this impacts greatly on the role of the SANDF to end African conflicts.

"The reality is that if we can't fund what is required, we have to scale down the defence force completely, and make it a unit that can take care of our internal stability when required."

Meyer warns that with increased demands on the military, the government will have to prioritise.

He says South Africa can't have a big defence force without spending accordingly.

LISTEN: Meyer: South Africans need to talk.