JOHANNESBURG– The President of opposition party Congress of the People (COPE), Mosiuoa Lekota, says the current political climate that the country finds itself in is the fault of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

Speaking to the media at Barkly West in Northern Cape province on Thursday, he said the ANC’s failure to convince President Jacob Zuma to leave office was the result of allowing the President too much political power.

He has become the proverbial Frankenstein monster because he is now eating up the ANC itself. He is failing to provide good governance and he’s doing that in the name of the ANC. He’s exposing the fact that the ANC is not worth the trust the people of South Africa has placed in it, added Lekota.

Meanwhile, political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki said the ANC leadership followed what the Constitution of South Africa says about how to remove the President of the Republic, it would not have put itself in this current standoff.

Mbeki said Parliament has the power to remove the President and that the ANC is under the illusion that there are two centres of power with President as head of State and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as president of the ruling party following his election to the top ANC post in December.

Only Parliament, constitutionally, has the power to remove him (Zuma). The ANC can go to Parliament and make its case with Parliament as to why Zuma should be removed,” said Mbeki.

“(ANC Treasurer General) Paul Mashatile says that there are two centres of power, and therefore to avoid conflict between these two centres of power they want President Zuma to resign.

“The truth of the matter is that there is only one centre of power in South Africa, and that’s Parliament, assisted by the Constitutional Court. There is no other centre of power.

Limkile Mondi, a senior economics lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, questioned the ANC’s failure to remove President Zuma from the office after it was reported that Zuma refused to step down as head of State.

The lack of transparency in the ANC is taking away that confidence from people, that’s why I am concerned going forward, to believe the ANC as an entity,” he added.

“If it can’t make its decisions just around one person, can it make decision around 55 million people, whereby unemployment and poverty worsens.