Cool, but not aloof - Mboweni on Mbeki

2016-02-02 16:36
Former president Thabo Mbeki

Former president Thabo Mbeki (Nelius Rademan/Foto24; Gaut)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – Former president Thabo Mbeki may have been forbidding, even cool, but never aloof, former SA Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni said on Tuesday.

"Many of the meanings of 'aloof'... do not describe him. Cool, yes, forbidding, maybe, formal, yes, stiff, perhaps, reserved, yes. The rest NO!!” he said in a post on his Facebook page.

He said he had known Mbeki for many years.

On Monday, Mbeki published the fourth in his series of letters. The latest one was entitled "Dare you ponder the obvious: of course Mbeki is aloof".

Mboweni provided a variety of definitions of the word: "Not friendly or forthcoming, cool and distant. Distant, detached, unresponsive, remote, unapproachable, forbidding, stand-offish, formal, impersonal, stiff, austere, stuffy, withdrawn, reserved, unforthcoming, uncommunicative, indifferent."

He said he did not agree with those who had chosen these meanings to describe Mbeki.

In his letter, which the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute published, Mbeki said the accusation that he was aloof rested on the assertion that, whether intentionally or not, his leadership style meant that he chose not to be in touch with the people and ANC members.

"Some elected constantly to propagate this notion as an established and self-evident truth which did not even require that any evidence should be produced to substantiate this 'truth'," Mbeki wrote.

The former president spoke of the initiatives during his term which involved communicating with citizens and party members.

Read the full letter here

Author Zakes Mda said he had known Mbeki since high school days and he had "never been aloof".

Mboweni said Mbeki had class and wanted things done properly.

"In his presence, I know that I need to be in my best behaviour when I am near him. That is not 'aloof' but to be 'proper'," he said.

Mboweni said he was learning much from Mbeki’s letters.

Mbeki's second letter was entitled "When your position can't be sustained, create a scarecrow – the menace of post apartheid South Africa". In it he wrote about SA Communist Party deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin's "communication of fabrications concerning the workings of the NEC". 

In last week's letter, Mbeki denied firing Zuma as ANC deputy president in 2005. Zuma stepped down, Mbeki insisted in the letter.

Read more on:    tito mboweni  |  thabo mbeki

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/World
 

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.