Mbeki: Tackle poverty or face consequences

2013-06-21 12:55
Thabo Mbeki (Picture: AFP)

Thabo Mbeki (Picture: AFP)

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2013-06-21 07:49

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Johannesburg - If existing problems of wealth distribution and poverty are not urgently addressed, South Africa will face serious problems in future, former president Thabo Mbeki has warned.
Speaking to new Gauteng talk radio station Power FM, Mbeki said South Africa remained a two-nation, The Star reported.

Mbeki was speaking to presenter Tim Modise.

The former president urged the public to hold elected representatives accountable.

“South Africa remains divided in terms of race and colour, in terms of wealth. If we don’t address it properly, tomorrow, we are going to have very serious problems,” Mbeki said.

Noting SA Airways’s plan to train more black pilots as an example, Mbeki said the aim was “not to discriminate against white people, but to achieve the objectives of our Constitution”.

These objectives included non-racialism, non-sexism and building a prosperous country.

He also said he knew for sure that Mandela's condition was improving because he was in contact with the Mandela family and his doctors.

“Nelson Mandela is indeed improving in terms of his health. I don’t think anybody should entertain wrong notions that Nelson Mandela is going to die tomorrow. It’s not going to happen,” he insisted.

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