21 September 2008
President Thabo Mbeki convened a special meeting of Cabinet this afternoon at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
The purpose of this meeting was to brief Cabinet about his decision to resign as President of the Republic following the decision of the African National Congress (ANC) to recall him as Head of State. The resignation will become effective at a date to be determined by the National Assembly. The President will remain in office until the National Assembly accepts his resignation and determines his date of departure.
The President also informed Cabinet that he would be speaking to the nation through a live broadcast at 19h30 this evening.
The meeting agreed that the work of Cabinet will continue until the situation changes.
Themba Maseko (Government Spokesperson)
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Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)