Game of political chess

2008-09-23 00:00

In the end President Thabo Mbeki’s demise was as cold, calculated and brutal as his reputation was for dispensing with his political enemies.

In the ANC National Executive Committee meeting that sealed his fate on Friday, some of the president’s detractors even wanted to revoke his membership of the ANC. This would mean stripping Mbeki, a reclusive man who has dedicated most of his life to the ANC since he joined the party at the age of 14 and who views the ANC as his family and part of his identity, given that his identity has become interwoven with the ANC. All those “walking wounded” who have felt Mbeki’s wrath (the list of the people who feature prominently includes Zuma, Mathews Phosa, Cyril Ramaphosa, Simphiwe Nyanda, Gwede Mantashe, Blade Nzimande, Tony Yengeni, Tokyo Sexwale, Billy Masetlha and Mac Maharaj) have joined forces with those who only have personal enrichment in mind (the likes of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema) in the most brutal political assassination of a leader in the short democratic history of South Africa.

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