Blade defends Zuma, lashes Mbeki

2012-10-26 09:06

South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade

Nzimande has defended President Jacob Zuma’s administration, saying “yesterday’s

Aids denialists” should not lecture the governing party on lack of


“None of yesterday’s Aids denialists must come and lecture us today

on leadership when they have not accounted for the hundreds of thousands of

deaths they left behind,” the Sowetan quoted him as saying in Midrand, Gauteng,


Nzimande said he was “slaughtered” by then president Thabo Mbeki

when he spoke of the need to acknowledge that HIV caused Aids.

In 2000, Mbeki was criticised for his stance on Aids and was

accused, along with the late health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, of

turning his back on the scientific consensus.

Nzimande said Mbeki and Congress of the People president Mosiuoa

Lekota, formerly an ANC cabinet member, had left “a highly questionable


He said there was a “demonisation” of Zuma as “every Tom, Dick and

Harry including the dead that have woken up from their graves were crying lack

of leadership”.

Last week, Mbeki said the ANC’s current leadership was losing its

ability to provide direction to South Africa.

“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,” Mbeki said.

He was delivering the Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture at the

University of Fort Hare in Eastern Cape.

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