Stop lies from becoming part of SA’s discourse – Mbeki

2016-04-05 11:37
Former president Thabo Mbeki. (Nelius Rademan, Foto24)

Former president Thabo Mbeki. (Nelius Rademan, Foto24)

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Cape Town - Former president Thabo Mbeki has warned the country that everyone must do their part in stopping lies and propaganda that he believes are becoming part of the country’s national discourse.

Mbeki wrote in a new Facebook post, part of a series of articles which have become known as his “Facebook letters”, that he is concerned about the perceived “untruths and dishonesty” prevalent in the public sphere.

“To put this matter directly – for some years now I have been concerned that, as South Africans, we face the very serious threat and danger that the resort to untruths and dishonesty is becoming an entrenched practice in terms of the conduct of public affairs!” he wrote on Monday.

“While I served as President of the ANC, we did our best to speak out against this practice, including and especially as it had also seeped into our democratic movement.”

Mbeki though did admit that his government may not have done enough to stop the rise of “propaganda" during his presidency.

“I must confess that I decided that I should indeed use the opportunity that had arisen, to publish the promised articles [Facebook letters], to correct a mistake we had made over the years.

“That mistake was our failure systematically to challenge and rebut the many falsehoods which had been propagated especially during the years I served in Government.”

Mbeki concluded his letter by saying that people should judge issues in terms of whether it serves the interests of the people, and whether or not these issues are sustained by “honest accountability” to the people.

“It is obvious that disrespect for the truth and honesty, and deceit and double-dealing are exactly the instruments and practices which would be and are used by those who are opposed to such determination of what is right or wrong.”

Read the full article on Facebook here.

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