Mbeki not attending lecture in his honour

2012-11-08 14:36

Johannesburg - Former president Thabo Mbeki will not attend President Jacob Zuma's lecture in his honour in the Eastern Cape, the ANC said on Thursday.

"He had earlier engagements. There's been a confirmation from his family that four members of his family will attend and one of them will be speaking," said African National Congress spokesperson Keith Khoza.

There was a misunderstanding about whether Mbeki would make it to the lecture in Aliwal North, but this had been cleared, said Khoza.

The lecture forms part of a series of ANC centenary lectures on the lives of its past presidents.

Mbeki's spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga confirmed that he would not attend.

"The former president is not going to attend the lecture due to prior commitments that have to do with his responsibilities around the two Sudans," Ratshitanga said.

"He won't be out of the country, but [will be] engaged with this process."

Mbeki recently criticised the ANC leadership for 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," he said in his Oliver Tambo memorial lecture at the University of Fort Hare, in the Eastern Cape.

Afterwards, ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete said Mbeki was entitled to speak out against the ruling party. "He's contributing to the debate, he's expressing a view," she said.

  • junaid.vanderwalt - 2012-11-08 14:53

    Mr Shower, seems everyone is against you. Don't contest for a 2nd term to avoid embarrassment you're already in now.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-08 15:07

      Showerhead might have to have it explained to him that this is a major snub. Well done Mr. Mbeki

  • lloyd.sedio.9 - 2012-11-08 14:55

    who the hell would attend any lecture that honours them that Zuma is involved in? Just imagine being lectured by Zuma in any other social and idealogical matter? Thank you former president, we all know that when you dont believe in something, you make it known. We all know that you dont believe in the current leadership of the ANC and country.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-08 15:10

      Recordings of the lectures can be used to help insomniacs

      hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-11-08 17:26

      This is the "Height of Irony", you kicked Mbeki out because he wasn't doing what the ANC wanted & now you're going to honor him by - I hope - talking about the good he has done. Talk about a Paradox...

  • siliziwem - 2012-11-08 15:04

    can you please just die Zoomer!

      mlungisi.magada - 2012-11-08 16:39

      And you will bury him in your back yard.

  • dumisani.thamaga - 2012-11-08 15:07

    Mr.TB,myself I wouldn't bother to attend,if the was a room of reinstating u,I wud.ANC hv bn disgrace by this guy none as Zuma,TB you were the last defendant of ANC.they will fail even in the next president.

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-08 15:11

    Now I really cant wait to hear what President Nkandlagate is going to say in hounor of the comrade who could not hounor his hounor because the hounourer is dis-hounorable. It will be interesting to watch this show.

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-11-08 15:12

    "Good On You Buddy"

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-08 15:17

    I thought Mbeki was bad,but Zuma proved me wrong.

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-11-08 15:18

    The purpose of a lecture is education. This implies that the lecturer is educated. Perhaps "talk" is a better word...

      lucky.mpoza - 2012-11-08 15:50

      hahahahaah@Jason. Nice one bud

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-08 15:58

      LOL. Correct

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-11-08 15:19

    so what!

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-11-08 15:20

    zuma must go to hell together with his large family dat is stealing our money.

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-11-08 15:25

    Those organising this lecture mustn't forget to put a stack of notes for showerhead to read word-by-word. Actually, letter-by-letter to boost his RAM.

  • sango.jika - 2012-11-08 15:27

    Good for you mr Mbeki Zuma can go and hang in a tree for all we care.

      Zwelandile Kratshi Zweli - 2012-11-08 15:52

      I support Mr Mbeki dicision to not go there to attend that lecture

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-08 15:34

    It is a good move.We do not want to see blood

  • nhlaka.m.kunene - 2012-11-08 15:35

    IF u want to stop ZUMA join the ANC and vote for MADAM ZILLE at Mangaung and just stop strong drugs that you are using that makes you think that by writing here you can swave the vote to DA (Dillusioned ALLIANCE). The game of numbers is crucial in democracy "ONE MAN ONE VOTE" irrespective of your race, colour, wealth, education, etc. You need to ask yourself of the impact that you have in the majority of the voters by writing here, how many hv internet access or hw to use it, if they happeen to use it hw many visit such sites. if u can check same commentators which are very predictable and emmotional need help are negative in everything that is happening. I CAN assure you that next 3yrs they will be singing the same song: ANC for life

      Peter - 2012-11-08 16:23

      Nhlaka, you may vote ANC for life, but a lot of others won't. Besides, you are not voting for a candidate- who will uphold the law and professionally do what is expected of him or her by the electorate,but a party-who deploy cadres to do their brand of business. Have you actually looked around you and seen what squealer and poverty we are living under and getting worse daily? Oh, I forgot, it's apartheids fault that 'ANC Forever', after 18 years could not even get it right to deliver text books to 'its people', or protect its citizens against high crime, or discourage young girls from falling pregnant-who beg at street corners, with newborns on their backs, while they wait for their monthly entitlements from the rich elite who apparently got everything for nothing and are apparently a bottomless pit. As long as the populace you describe who read the drivel in the Daily Sun and not these forums, the comments displayed here may not affect them now, but the decaying infrastructure and lack of delivery will piss them off eventually and force many to re-assess their allegiances. Maybe you turn a blind eye to the daily chaos we all see which continues with impunity, like: metro cops who hide in bushes whilst we have one of the highest fatality rates in the world and while taxi drivers do as they damn well please, or ANC partner unionist agitators burn buses, forcing individuals to ride in death trap taxis. You vote AFrican National Chaos-, not me!

  • Peter - 2012-11-08 15:45

    What a motley lot: Zuma caught with his hand in the till and Mbeki the AIDS denialist who cost S.A. how many lives? President Zooma and President Pooza.

  • sipho.skepu - 2012-11-08 15:45

    Zulu vs xhosa = civil war.

      eva.walle.75 - 2012-11-08 15:52

      The rest of us will be watching eagerly

      eva.walle.75 - 2012-11-08 16:18

      I agree Zwelu. I was actually just sarcastic. There is already "war" within the ANC and I must say, as entertaining as it is, it's also sad. I can't say it enough, the ANC could've been a world class example (of what to do in a new democracy) and they could've proven their critics wrong. Instead, they have proven them right ...

  • Olembe - 2012-11-08 15:59

    my president.

  • Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2012-11-08 16:06

    well done mr president wat would an uneducated fool like showerhead lecture u abt unless its rape and corruption which hez got a distinctions

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-08 16:12

    People have to panic not,if Mr Mbeki does not attend because he has a lot of work to do at AU, maybe attending that is not his priority number one, and again I can also not attend if I was him because how can you remove me on power and at the end then tell me to come before you to honour me? for what? if the ruling party was also serious they could have not done what they have done because to me is the one crippling the party now.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-08 16:12

    He might as well have gone, he is sending members of his family to collect it, same thing. An outright snub would have been better so there's no congratulations for not attending from me. Sorry!

  • flysouth - 2012-11-08 16:35

    Two empty vessels anyway - who would want to listen to their hollow noises?

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-11-08 16:45

    One of the easiest decisions Mbeki had to take. You earn respect, you dont get it by virtue of.

  • mlungisi.magada - 2012-11-08 16:54

    The president will feel a lot less awkward with Mbeki not there.I wonder if the ANC leadership did not have anything to do with this.They must have "recalled" him from the lecture.Just me thinking.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-08 17:30

    Two ANC goons wrestling butt naked in the mud . Disgusting !

  • zebsonm - 2012-11-08 17:42

    still remember your farwell speech and i supose the weather is no longer as gloomy as it was that evening.what a great african statesman.

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-11-08 18:40

    Zuma once called Mbeki a snake,what do we expect Zuma to say about Mbeki in this lecture? I dont blame Mbeki for not attending,maybe he read Genesis 3:15

      Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-08 19:08

      zuma is a frog and snakes eat frogs!

  • mashilopm - 2012-11-08 19:58

    How on earth can a Grade 3 drop-out lecture a university graduate?

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-11-09 11:49

    What a snub,,hee hee haa ha ha!even his own turn against him...except those of course that depend on his handouts..the entire cANCer delegates who will vote him in again as party leader at maungung!

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