Mbeki’s record: Lekota challenged to come clean

2008-12-18 00:00

Come clean on your former boss Thabo Mbeki’s stance on Hiv/Aids, the arms deal, quiet diplomacy on Zimbabwe and throwing the race cards at his critics, sociologist Ashwin Desai told Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota in a debate organised by the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KZN in Durban last night.

Lekota did not respond on the HIV/Aids issue. On the arms deal, he said he instituted the investigation by the public protector, the auditor-general’s office and the National Prosecuting Authority. They found that the primary contracts signed between government and the arms companies had no corruption, but there were problems with the secondary or offset contracts.

On Zimbabwe, Lekota said SADC policy allows other governments to get involved in the domestic affairs of another country. He said he broke ranks and spoke out against what is happening in Zimbabwe while he was still in the ANC, he said.

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