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Mbeki concerned about ANC leaders

2012-10-19 20:13

Johannesburg - The ANC's current leadership is losing its ability to provide direction to South Africa, former president Thabo Mbeki said on Friday.

"I... [am] deeply troubled by a feeling of great unease that our beloved motherland is losing its sense of direction, and that we are allowing ourselves to progress towards a costly disaster," he said, delivering the Oliver Tambo memorial lecture at the University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape.

"Today... I am not certain about where our country and nation will be tomorrow, and what I should do in this regard, to respond to what is obviously a dangerous and unacceptable situation of directionless and unguided national drift."

Mbeki challenged African National Congress leaders to follow Tambo's example. He described the former ANC president as a revolutionary leader who fought for South Africa's liberation without expecting anything in return.

Mbeki said the shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West had signalled "a radical weakening of the national labour relations system", which had been one of the most important victories in the struggle for democracy.

On 16 August, 34 striking Lonmin workers were shot dead in a confrontation with police, during a strike for a monthly wage of R12 500.

Mbeki criticised those in the party who were using state resources to advance personal interests.

"We have an obligation to ensure that our continuing... struggle is led by people who never, in any way, abuse state power to advance their personal interests."

He admitted that during his tenure as ANC president he did not help foster an environment to create new leaders for the party.

"I must accept that during the years when I served in the leadership of the ANC, we failed to achieve the objective of sustaining the calibre of a membership made up of politically mature and committed cadres."

He said the ANC should have been insulated from those who used the party to abuse state power.

"The real and hard truth is that, in this regard, the current leadership of the ANC and the broad democratic movement, at all levels, have inherited this failure, which lies at the base of much that is going wrong in our country."

Comments
  • neville.watson.94 - 2012-10-19 20:23

    The Leadership is looking after the countries money they see that no one else get hold of the money

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-20 01:19

      My earlier comment was deleted, so here we go again. Losing it's ability? Never had any in the first place.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-20 12:14

      @rodney.bevan.58 My earlier comment was deleted too somehow.What's up with all that?Deleting of comments that is FFS!!!!!!

      henk63 - 2012-10-21 07:26

      Derek, Mandela was no saint either but yes, he was the best that the ANC ever had. He was one of the main architects of the current cesspool that we call Government.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-10-21 19:24

      A mega civil war is brewing in the background with arch enemies like Mbeki and Sexwale lurking in the background - ready to strike at the right moment… and not forgotten… Julius Malema still waiting in the wings with a bone to pick with Zuma – and recently very much warming up by instruction from the Zionist money olegates to peel an apple with the old conscript and turn the country ungovernable to oust all the old ANC stalwarts.

      smellarat.smith - 2012-10-21 23:08

      Mine was deleted too - is Mbeki on the News24 editorial board? One central aspect of the chronic and pervasive leadership problems in Africa is the delusion that Africa somehow can come up with "better" solutions than the rest of the world. However, if it was that simple, the rest of the world would also have embraced the so-called African styled solutions. And it is ludicrous to describe all sensible ideas as imperialistic or coconut ideas. Too often the above fallacy has been used as a smokescreen just to cover massive corruption and failed leadership. HIV remains a viral disease that affects the immune system, appropriately treated with antiretrovirals, despite Mbeki's crazy assertions to the contrary, with tragic consequences. Birth control really is essential to promote education, health care and jobs for all. So why the ongoing mindless procreation - why is the government asleep at the wheel? And look after your producers and entrepreneurs even if a large tally of them happens to be Caucasian, because they drive the economy so that taxes are payed and jobs are created. Is that so hard to understand? Anyway, the leadership crisis started with Mbeki, so it is a bit rich of him to now express concern. Mbeki also propped up Mugabe, sending Zimbabwe into failure on a massive scale. Taking into account his education and intellect, Mbeki has in my books been responsible for the biggest leadership disappointment in democratic SA thus far.

      Vince.York - 2012-10-27 07:06

      mine deleted repeatedly! try again, before it is repeatedly deleted:- Mbeki entrenched corrupt deals and practises during his 'quiet' reign albeit most of the plundered funds were raped to the xhosa-nostra and not to the zulu's, among kortbroekies, giqwa's and ntsalubla's and a host of others funneling the torrent to that soil eroded eastern capeland of refugees. The vanished R675bn (tip of iceberg) was set in motion even under Mandela's time, throughout Mbeki's - just pushed more into the backstages - and now under zuma is so blatantly in freefall criminality as to herald the 2nd coming He also mistakenly placed his trust in a zulu from the Tugela Ferry and Dundee area, infamous for it's murderous inhabitants. I still recall as a lad when factions streamed down from around zuma's lair and stronghold, obscenely and violently killing the young workers by fire, stabbing and mutilations in the Umvoti district. And he had to have this as deputy? Never stood a chance. xhosa motto:- 'Referee' - ( http://bit.ly/RctvcQ ) zulu motto:- what's yours is mine and what's mine is mine - "SO JUST GIVE ME YOUR MONEY, now die!" Limpopo Motto:- "uguh uguh UUguh SNATCH and kill the rabbit!"

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-19 20:24

    Amen to all of it. How unusual to hear an ANC member take responsibility!

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-10-19 20:39

      what do you mean- he says they inherited it- no responsibility there- and no fear of ever getting that from them either

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-10-21 23:13

      People forget the reason why we are in this mess at the moment is because Bulelani Ngcuka (the former NPA boss), probably with the consent of the minister of justice, made the decision of not charging Zuma in the hope that he would go away. Instead of going away, Zuma grew bigger. Zuma is the creation of Bulelani Ngcuka and of Thabo Mbeki himself. Without that kind of cynical behaviour on their behalf... we wouldn't have been in the position we are in today.

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-10-19 20:24

    Mbeki tolerated bad management by deployees. He also set the tone regarding race-relations by letting his dislike of Whites show. An intelligent man being hypocritical.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-19 20:47

      100% correct. Mbeki might be more civilised than Zooomer, but it doesn't change his competence.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-19 22:44

      Thabo is also the one who vetoed Eskom's expansion programme and so, plunged parts of the country into darkness and signed the death-knell of many beneficiation programs that would have created many jobs. Especially for the Eastern Cape. Not to mention condemning the ever-struggling citizen into never-ending penury

      Onke.Dali - 2012-10-21 07:05

      What the hell are lot talking about? So what if desliked whites, he's not santa claus for christ's sake. This country needed leadership and it had one. Nitpicking is exactly what got all of us in this position and guess what? you lot are complaining 100 fold now. And what's this about Eskom? Are we not suposed to expand when the need arises? What about future demand for energy? Complain complain complain, well you got what you want.....Zuma! Happy?

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-10-21 23:05

      Mbeki will always be remembered because of the power crisis, because of the xenophobic violence, because of the recession that hit consumers even before the international credit crisis. Property prices plummeted, the rand fell and the biggest emigration wave since the early 1990s. Mbeki’s time in office was a tragic failure defined by AIDS denial, catastrophe in Zimbabwe, widening inequality, persistent violent crime and growing corruption. Doctors left in droves, more than 20,000 farmers left the land, add to that the 3000 farmers murdered. Protecting the borders was left to crocodiles in the Limpopo River and lions in Kruger Park. When forced to in effect choose between Mugabe and the principles of private property and democracy on which the whole of Zimbabwe depend, Mbeki settled for his friend Mugabe; when forced to choose between Manto Shabalala-Msimang and the principles of accountability that underpin the health system, he chose his friend Manto; and when he had to choose between Police Commissioner Jackie Selebe and the principles that arc the foundations of the justice system, he chose his friend Selebe.

  • walter.tgsa - 2012-10-19 20:30

    And Mr. Mbeki ain't wrong either! Under his leadership, we had far less problems that today, he was a leader. Whether he liked 'whites' or not, don't particularly care, at least there wasn't as much corruption and stealing going on them. But the Zuma camp felt he travelled too much, I think our beloved (current) leader has broken that record?

      mark.a.fysh - 2012-10-19 20:34

      Yes he aint wrong.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-10-21 19:41

      It was just a matter of time...

  • Lionel - 2012-10-19 20:30

    cry the beloved country.

  • hlekos - 2012-10-19 20:32

    its a manifestation of the policies he was part of 4 close to 10yrs.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-19 20:48

      Not really. It's a manifestation of the unrealistic lies that cANCer promised everybody. They cannot deliver the goods and all the theft and corruption makes it even harder to stick to their promises.

      herman.letlalo - 2012-10-19 21:53

      well the man also accepts his own faults

  • baebae.phasha.9 - 2012-10-19 20:44

    well Mbeki your right. your the best president I know

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-19 20:46

    Same here president mbeki I really am wondering what's going to dawn the following day with this current leadership where everything its about self interests and cronies I reminiscence about those days where the struggle was common in the movement, we swerved and sang with a tone of serving up to reaching the goal that is liberating our people from all the social oppressions but now negative transformation within has taken its cause and the vision is fading into oblivion we have turned against each other due to personal agendas we have created factions within the party -power hunger and material greet is the order of the day #

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-19 20:46

    Same here president mbeki I really am wondering what's going to dawn the following day with this current leadership where everything its about self interests and cronies I reminiscence about those days where the struggle was common in the movement, we swerved and sang with a tone of serving up to reaching the goal that is liberating our people from all the social oppressions but now negative transformation within has taken its cause and the vision is fading into oblivion we have turned against each other due to personal agendas we have created factions within the party -power hunger and material greet is the order of the day #

  • lerumo.mkhonto.3 - 2012-10-19 20:46

    The problems in the ANC began before the Zuma era. In order to implement neo-liberal policies set out at CODESA, the ANC purged its "membership made up of politically mature and committed cadres." The above criterion was replaced by one of bourgeois inspired aspirations. Mbeki took South Africa for a laboratory to experiment his ideas filled with his madness. I can see, the man is mentally disturbed. South Africans will listen when he says anything because what is happening to our country presently is worrying. This crop of leaders which were exposed to the ropes of the ANC by him and his predecessor are failing, dismally.

  • tobydt - 2012-10-19 20:47

    "The real and hard truth is that, in this regard, the current leadership of the ANC and the broad democratic movement, at all levels, have inherited this failure, which lies at the base of much that is going wrong in our country." Mbeki nailed it.

      henk63 - 2012-10-21 07:32

      Please elaborate on whom they inherited it from. The apartheid system? Sounds like he is shifting the blame again.

  • khanyi.kabeya - 2012-10-19 20:51

    Bheki My leader, inspiration, wonderful being he made mistakes like any other being. But the economy of the country was his priority. SA economy now is at its lowest, and what's is suggested to freeze some salaries. What a shame!!!

      henk63 - 2012-10-21 07:39

      Khanyi, it's all OK to make mistakes - at home. But when you run a country, aided my hordes of advisors, you don't make mistakes. The f-ups he made were well advised and carefully planned, which just shows you the calibre of the collective he found himself part of. Mbeki, Zuma, oh everyone in the ANC leadership are the same - a disgrace and embarrassment to the country and the people.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-19 20:52

    Mbeki always felt this way but felt obligated to respect the ANC. Now that he is openly criticising the ANC we as S.A. should know that our concerns are real.He might not say so but he is pointing his statement squarely to Zuma and his cohorts that allowed him into power and are now sharing in the spoils of there ill-gotten gains! Till accountability is there the path of S.A. is downwards!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-19 20:54

    if we can't go back, we can certainly move foward, removing zuma is a start.

      phuti.mogoroga - 2012-10-19 21:17

      Lets remove dis Zuma guy he doesnt hv a vision, mbeki had a vision 4 africa

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-19 20:59

    Well put my former President! At least you admit that development of true leaders wasn't given much attention-owning up? Its something that is non-existent in todays ANC.

      Phiwe Mazula'yithole Ximba - 2012-10-19 21:59

      All this troubles begun when Thabo Mbeki wanted to get a third term if he just gave the opportunity to others,and support them there would be no division like this in the ANC,if he was a good leader he was just needed to give JZ a chance a support he as Dr Nelson Mandela did to him,

      themba.nsele.71 - 2012-10-21 19:01

      Phiwe why you talk the truth??

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-10-19 21:00

    I was sad the day ANC decided 2 RECaLL u Mr President. The future is blink 4 all of us( blks n whts)

  • vkhuzwayo - 2012-10-19 21:04

    Now this was a real president..pity he was recallwd cause he didn't dance and aroused the uneducated and dumb

  • andile.nokhetshe - 2012-10-19 21:06

    In you Sir, we had a president.

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-10-19 21:10

    Shame Mbeki the man who failed to control xenophobia n to distribute ARVs

  • dehlia.fredericks - 2012-10-19 21:16

    majority moan, nag complain nd yt they will vote again...shame!

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-10-19 21:18

    Mr Mbeki was far 2 intelligent for an uneducated ANC members, talked to them what they did not understand a word of it. Chased him away to replace him with The Clown... Now we are in the deep sheeeet and we don't have a clue who will replace the Dancing Queen. Lol

  • Mr.Bacelo - 2012-10-19 21:19

    Mbeki is a loser. He used state resources to fight Zuma yet now he is talking nonsense. His denial of AIDS left many people in Mortuary. He is no longa revelant SA politics.

      phuti.mogoroga - 2012-10-19 21:28

      Stop talkin without evedence cz da is no prove dat da former president ws usin state resource to advace his personal interest, and it is nt true of da so called MBeki denial on AIDS da media juz blew it out of propotion so stop accusin him. People r juz jeolus of his visionary. Look hw divided da party is nw under msholosi and SA is so directionless

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-10-19 21:21

    Well, Thabo, with all due respects, you had your chance and you blew it. You belong to the same ANC as does the present President of this country. some of what you are saying is true, but do now blame the citizens of South Africa for the failures of the governing body. The present government and it's followers are not right for this country. The real Government will come someday, and the system of things will change accordingly. God is the Source of Peace and you people have left God out of your consultations for peaceful solutions for All Human Beings in our Country. " Ye have shamed the counsel of the Poor..." but ye take counsel from the Rich Humans.

      Willie Olivier - 2012-10-19 22:20

      will the last person that leave this country please switches the lights off...., if there is any left!

  • rigel.bernard - 2012-10-19 21:31

    opportunistic comment, this comes from the HIV/AODS denialist MBEKI SHOULD be take to the hague

      philhaj - 2012-10-19 21:57

      do you even know what you talkin about?Hague for what?you always talk about Mbeki' denying,what about the points he raised?

      phumlani.veliti - 2012-10-19 22:04

      @ Lovspells..whatever your name is. You're mentaly constipated, your comment says it all. Opportunist on what? over the current rulling clowns mybe?

      grant.coffey.5 - 2012-10-20 15:08

      Play the ball not the man. Mbeki was terrible for his aids denialism, but this doesn't make his views on the current leadership any less valid.

  • pedrosa.matjeni - 2012-10-19 21:32

    Can real leaders please stand up!The captain and his crews are still busy looting state funds while the ship is heading towards iceberg.The nation needs leaders who can save this country from becoming a banana republic.

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-19 21:39

    Thabo mbheki tried to drive the country to its good direction but the double headed monster called the shower man hijacked the country by mshiniwam now were doomed were about to crashhhhh

  • Deon de Lange - 2012-10-19 21:40

    Ntate, with respect, your arrogance fostered the climate for these clowns. Under your leadership - and not forgetting the role played by Mr Motlanthe as SG for almost a decade - the ANC was allowed to become the party of cronyism, factionalism, tenderpreneurs, and greedy jackals. Big of you to admit some of these flaws today - though not all - but where does that leave us?

      robert.mgolodela - 2012-10-19 21:47

      chap with all due respect u have no idea what u talking about....

      Deon de Lange - 2012-10-19 21:53

      @Robert: Motivate your response. I happen to know more than you appear to think.

      Deon de Lange - 2012-10-19 22:03

      @Robert: Go and re-read the previous two organisational reports delivered to conference by Mr Motlanthe himself, where the ANC leadership admits - and warns - of the weakening state of branches, the poor quality of cadres, the rise of a sense of entitlement, the growing influence of money, the rise of factionalism, the increased self-interest and the real danger - now realised - of demagogary. Not my words, Robert. It's all there in black and white - just make an effort to inform yourself, if memory has deserted you.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-10-19 21:47

    Mbeki has proven my thought about his biggest mistake; to groom someone of their class to take over from him.

      jmlongwe - 2012-10-20 23:30

      Actually Mbeki tried to get rid of Zuma, he even fired Zuma which is where Zumas animosity stemmed from. Zuma returned as his fellow uneducated branch members liked the way he danced.

  • Musa Christian Ntuli - 2012-10-19 21:49

    The country started to sink de day GEAR was institutionalized while Mr. Mbeki was in presidency. The Current occurrences are manifestation of failed leadership in de past decades. its a fallacy to attribute failure only to de current leadership. we protested Mr. Mbeki's pro capitalist policies that perpetuated oppression of one class by another with no success. he failed the nation

      tj.qweras - 2012-10-19 22:21

      Even under Mandela RDP and Mbeki GEAR, they tried reducing poverty but the Unentended outcomes of their policies were increase in Inequalities they all failed in my opinion, south africa dnt really need DFI we need skills because we can invest ourself an then conquer Africa, Strong Leadership which is not Pro West is Needed

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-10-19 21:54

    serve your fellow citezen(s)without expecting anything in return.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-19 22:01

    I believe that the precedent of power struggles was started by you Mr Mbeki,not to mention the birth of power abuse by ministers.I also believe that evrything that Nelson Mandela built for post apartheid South Africa was dissmantled by you.I wish you had spent more time focussing on South Africas issues instead of AU issues.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-21 00:41

      Lets talk about Mbeki brainchild disasters:the scorpions,jackie salebi disaster.aloof detachment from plight of average S.Africans,arms deal debacle,uncontrlld influx of illegal immigrants,creation of a black elite to insolate his powerbase and an attempt to become the next Mugabe,unwilling to relinquish power,and the NPA vs Zuma saga,AU nonsense,BEE to create tender fraud,need i go on.Get real if you think he was a good president.Base it on facts not bcause he was Zumas rival.

  • wanda.novukela - 2012-10-19 22:02

    I will repeat Andile Nokhetye's words, In you Sir, we had a president.\

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-19 22:15

    President Mbeki I respect your honesty that you also failed to provide leadership in some instanes so its bit rich coming from you.. Nothing personal.. what we havin at moment its complete trash am sorry to say.... Atlist ur security upgrade was modest..

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-19 22:19

    Mr mbeki my real president u gaved us quality budget speeches and we listened,now the shower head is lying to us. he even promised us to creat more jobs but we see more job losses.I never knew that strikes can kill ppl till the shower head rule

  • john.s.stalwart - 2012-10-19 22:31

    I lamented the day Thabo Mbeki lost the votes at Turfloop in December 2007 but I bitterly wept when the guy got removed unceremoniously from office in September 2008 by some incompetent big mouths,they gathered against him but now they have scattered and the most important day to day running of the country have turned into a day to day looting of state funds,unending probes into one onother's assets both current and non-current whilst the country is left stranded with no direction. Who would have thought that in the advanced year 2012 people would make the country ungovernable thru day to day strikes over primary wage disputes? Who would have thought that the freezing of executives'salaries can help curb the economy,non existing 'economic' measures are put in place to outst poverty and unemployment while decent economic measures are ignored. South Africa can never be a stable economy until we rid any ruling party from gaining acces to the State finances,they should borrow like every other organisation and pay interest,that way we wil have a decorated economy,finish and klaar.

      grant.coffey.5 - 2012-10-20 15:07

      Give this man a bells!

  • john.s.stalwart - 2012-10-19 22:31

    I lamented the day Thabo Mbeki lost the votes at Turfloop in December 2007 but I bitterly wept when the guy got removed unceremoniously from office in September 2008 by some incompetent big mouths,they gathered against him but now they have scattered and the most important day to day running of the country have turned into a day to day looting of state funds,unending probes into one onother's assets both current and non-current whilst the country is left stranded with no direction. Who would have thought that in the advanced year 2012 people would make the country ungovernable thru day to day strikes over primary wage disputes? Who would have thought that the freezing of executives'salaries can help curb the economy,non existing 'economic' measures are put in place to outst poverty and unemployment while decent economic measures are ignored. South Africa can never be a stable economy until we rid any ruling party from gaining acces to the State finances,they should borrow like every other organisation and pay interest,that way we wil have a decorated economy,finish and klaar.

  • Sandile Bhoma Ka Nduli - 2012-10-19 22:36

    Hoping that your confession will make the current president re-realize errors made and the errors they are currently making. ANC is not longer electing ppl with strong leadership background. Elections are based on what am I gonna get in return. Kazi ikusasa lezingane zethu liyobanjani?

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-10-19 22:37

    Therefore it is time for Thabo and other right thinking ANC members to leave the party and form a new one, the 'Reformed ANC'. This needs to be done in the interest of our country. Looking on helplessly is not an option. If necessary a government of national unity can be formed after the 2014 election.

  • Vusi - 2012-10-19 22:58

    Mr Mbeki was such a useless fart

      Vusi - 2012-10-19 23:32

      Go and die somewhere idiot

      Erna - 2012-10-20 00:14

      Vusi - is it so difficult for you to comment without using foul language? Or is that just the way you are - no respect for other people but then you expect respect from us!

      Vusi - 2012-10-20 00:29

      Erna I'm getting tired of your tutorials

      Onke.Dali - 2012-10-20 06:14

      You must be Zulu. No surprises there,

      nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-10-20 06:44

      More than ur president who were in n out in court?

      anele.mveku - 2012-10-20 07:01

      @ Vusi If you really believe that abt Mbeki am nt surprised u throwing insults. No morals or what so ever sounds like someone we knw ryt? ur \useful president\

      nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-10-21 12:26

      Vusi uphethwe bubukhwenkwe ambokoluka

      nhlapop - 2012-10-22 08:50

      Seems like you forgot to take Nyaope this morning. You are the useless FART.

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-19 23:12

    Mr mbeki you were a wise president,you did get of the train be for it derail because you saw it coming and nobody outside was aware that the drunk crew(zuma and crew) wanted to steer the rain backward

  • kalla.dinkelmann - 2012-10-19 23:15

    Mbeki was a dictator, Zuma is always neutral,we're is Mandela and Tutu.We need leaders that love the country and ALL the people.

      eddie.serane - 2012-10-20 03:33

      zuma is not neutral bt is more than Mbeki intems of dictactorship

      Onke.Dali - 2012-10-20 06:07

      You obviosly lack a significant amount of brain matter!

      nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-10-20 06:42

      Mbeki was gud n well educated leader

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-19 23:23

    Mr mbeki thank you for leading our country for so long with great respect,shower man think leading the contry is like playing a video games and tweeting and maybe he is on 2go now chatting

      Erna - 2012-10-20 00:09

      Vusi - instead of writing insults why don't you just give your opinion and show that you are capable of an intelligent comment?

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-20 00:41

    You always talk sense

  • mnguni.ngubonde - 2012-10-20 04:22

    We still love u Mbeki' the ship is sinking under Zuma' the man at helm is confused' We made a big mistake by voting you out in Polokwan' the country needs u

      nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-10-20 06:37

      U learnt a lesson boet thumbs up zizi

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-20 04:24

    You should really my president.

  • Velile Jonathan Williams - 2012-10-20 05:41

    I so wish I could meaningfully engage with some of the people here, but it is clear that their lack of brains is a biologically defect.

  • luvuyomatwa.luvuyomatwa - 2012-10-20 05:45

    Well educated former President spoken. One thing I like in this speech is to admit atleast one thing that they fail by his time. A true leader do not run away critisism.

  • janzanele - 2012-10-20 07:04

    the Dictator Mbeki.firstly you were forcing for third term unfortunely didn't win,secondly you should be charge with genocide because you refuse to sign for ARV instead you give the money to Mugabe,now your economicaly whatsoever strategy didn't worked,you brought us all Pakistani's Bangladesh as what is your economical strategy now it's backfires because these people don't pay tax,never constribute to the economy instead the sell due to expire product,so now the most companies faces luiqidation due to this foreign companies that sells cheap and fake stuff thanks to you Mbeki

  • anele.mveku - 2012-10-20 07:13

    I will always believe this man could have been the best president we would have ever had only if he had the ryt people in his team but instead he had people like Zuma, Julius Malema trying to take him out and well they dd and look where they are today? No where and going down the drain its a pity coz they are taking our country with them. And I gotta say this it takes a bigger man to accept his mistakes. Well said President.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-20 07:23

    You said it Thabo !! You drank too much Blue Label to see what was happening !! So stop crying and DO SOMETHING !!