Like dominoes, they all come tumbling down

After former president Thabo Mbeki’s resignation, the ANC was confident that there would be no more resignations from cabinet members, but boy oh boy were they wrong. The top brass, the cream of the crop from the ANC came crashing down like dominos one-by-one as they resigned.

The nation waited with bated breath wondering if any other cabinet members would follow in Mbeki’s foot steps. Even with all the resignations the new kids on the block, Jacob Zuma and newly appointed President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe say that things will return to normal.

The most bewildering resignation for me personally is Trevor Manuel’s. He has been Minister of Finance since Nelson Mandela’s presidency, making him the longest standing minister since democracy in 1994. If he does not seem to be confident in the new leadership, then God help us all.

I was reading comments readers of the Mail and Guardian Online had made about the resignation of the 11 ministers. Some made some profound statements and some were disheartened and said they are moving to another country. As for me I’ve decided that I am going to register to vote in the 2009 elections so I can keep my options open.