Mbeki entitled to his view - Mbete

2012-10-23 19:08

Johannesburg - Former president Thabo Mbeki is entitled to speak out against the ANC, party chair Baleka Mbete said on Tuesday.

"He's contributing to the debate, he's expressing a view," she told reporters in Johannesburg.

Last week, Mbeki said the African National Congress'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," he said.

He was delivering the Oliver Tambo memorial lecture at the University of Fort Hare, in the Eastern Cape.

Mbete declined to elaborate, and said: "It's nothing new".

She also would not be drawn on a report in The Star newspaper on Monday that Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula had denied speaking out against President Jacob Zuma.

"People have made comments... I wasn't there when any of them were making those comments.

"Questions of so-called embarrassing comments in the public domain are part of politics," she said.

The Star reported that Mbalula said: "I have no time for Zuma. He has caused his own problems. He marries every week."

Mbalula said the report was a fabrication aimed at causing sensation.

She said the ANC would host the Third ANC International Solidarity Conference from Thursday to Sunday in Tshwane. The theme for the event is "United for a Progressive, Better World".

The ANC said the conference "is aimed at continuing to unite the like-minded people of the world for peace, solidarity and social transformation to create a world free of human rights abuses and creation of sustainable environments".

It would also celebrate former ANC president OR Tambo.


Representatives from Palestine, Sudan and South Sudan, Western Sahara and Cuba would make presentations.

Delegates would, among others things, examine the "struggle for the right to self-determination".

They would discuss the challenges facing Africa and reflect on Southern African liberation movements, and the meaning of the Arab uprising for Africa.

About 1 000 delegates from around the world are expected to attend.

The first international solidarity conference was held in December 1987 in Arusha, Tanzania. Representatives from more than 60 countries considered the South African struggle against the apartheid regime.

The second conference took place in Johannesburg in February 1993, when around 900 delegates from about 70 countries discussed the contribution of international solidarity to the new South Africa.

  • brian.semake - 2012-10-23 19:21

    Every south african is entitled to discuss the state of the country it is not only the former president and the anc must know that we voting south africans discuss how the country seems to have lost a plot of direction a tad. I hope that those in the driving sit in the anc or cosatu or sacp they do not go after him with his views because it means they will also go after ordinary voting south african who share the same views as him.

  • mike.bevis.7 - 2012-10-23 19:29

    (The ANC said the conference "is aimed at continuing to unite the like-minded people of the world for peace, solidarity and social transformation to create a world free of human rights abuses and creation of sustainable environments".) Representatives from Palestine, Sudan and South Sudan, Western Sahara and Cuba would make presentations. All islamic fundamentalist countries that have no idea about human rights, or creating sustainable environments.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-10-24 00:28

      Notes, Mike. Blimey, as the Englismen used to say.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-10-23 19:31

    "create a world free of human rights abuses and creation of sustainable environments" so the ANC does not consider the Secrecy Bill an abuse of our human rights.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-10-23 19:42

    Mbete you are on the gravy train and trying to defend what is in your plate not what people of South Africa is sufering, resign and be ashamed of what your government is doing to South Africa!!!!

  • Michael - 2012-10-23 19:43

    T Mbeki is very predictable, i think most of us were worried on the direction he was taking the country before he was removed, serious corruption in goverment worsened under his leadership, ifact while the Selebi of this world were being investiagted, he did everything posible including removing Vusi Pikoli, just to make sure that he dont get arrested,he even ask S Afrinacs to trust him on Selebi, Madlala Routledge was suspended for differing with late minister Msimang to protect his HIV policy that betroot and galic and african potatoe can play beter role than ARv's, i can count alot, if i was Mbeki I would rather take full responsibilty on all short commings the country is facing, part of the ANC elder is to take responsibility, blame game does not work. He didnt do well either.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-10-24 00:33

      He recognised that SA was being killed by its birth rate. Zuma only encouraged everyone to have 20 children. I can spot the difference. Can you?

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-23 19:58

    Zuma was persecuted and victimised for 8 years because of a power hungry dictator.Back it up if u wana thumbs me down,thats a challenge.u c the direction that thumbs down points,thats wher mbeki took S.A.

  • karla.vanzyl.108 - 2012-10-23 20:02

    'The ANC said the conference "is aimed at continuing to unite the like-minded people of the world for peace, solidarity and social transformation to create a world free of human rights abuses and creation of sustainable environments".' The only word that comes to mind is:"Lol."

  • sydney.manyibaneoamazibu - 2012-10-23 20:16

    With due respect Mr Mbeki,the whole mess started durind ur tenure,now,u are attacking,u wonder third term that means Malema was right to call u a dictator,if u know whats good for uZizi just zip ur mouth bcos u v bn quiet all along,while whole of a sudden

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-10-23 20:16


  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-10-23 20:17

    Wena baleka you are a has been enjoying pension. What is your contribution kahle in the society. I am not suprised by your dogding of Mbeki's views, you were his secretary during his era.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-23 20:17

    No doubt TM is correct, but unfortunately he hardly covered himself with glory during his tenure as Pres. We recall that he had a habit of skipping the country when things got a little uncomfortable, to the extent that journalists often used to write "... next time Pres Mbeki pays us a visit ...", etc. Then there was his denialism over AIDS and crime (merely a perception, he said of the latter), his ptotection of Selebi ("trust me on this one"), and so on. When he was "recalled" by the ANC in order to make way, ultimately, for Zuma, I think many shared the view that, in terms of leadership, Zuma couldn't be any worse. Wow, how wrong we were! In comparison to JZ, Mbeki was a human dynamo. Since the day he ascended the throne JZ has shown a total lack of decisiveness when dealing with major issues - the ongoing labour turmoil being a case in point. Everything he eventually said or did was a reaction - being pro-active is not in his make up. With one exception: his determination to serve a second term. The appointments he made, and the firings he didn't make, were designed to serve this purpose. The interests of the country came a poor third after those of Jacob Zuma and the ANC. As the Economist (and Alan Paton) said: Cry the beloved country. We will cry even more after Mangaung.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-23 20:29

      Ok,that puts me at ease,so it was mbeki that was AWOL,and not me.

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-10-23 20:24

    who can listern to you women nd believe u ? after all it is known dat you have a bloody shares at MARIKANA.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-10-23 20:31

    Cde Thabo is spot on, this is an indictment on the entire leadership NOT Jz alone. We are being short changed by the entire NEC.......this translates to the state.....I haven't seen my constituency MP doing any parlamentary visits or constituency work. She is a senior leader in the Province.....these are useless comrades sometimes.

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-10-23 20:51

    Whites who are still there are lekker DOM.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-24 00:21

      and u still f;;;kin looking there its cold outside africa

  • eugine.bouwer - 2012-10-23 21:18

    There is nothing new even u u were the deputy president u should hv shown zuma the way with ur experience,but ok there is no leadership at anc

  • kenneth.hlabane.5 - 2012-10-23 21:56

    Cum dec2012, all ANC comrades hit 2 Mangaung for change in leadership. Current ANC leadership or top 6 will be bottom 6 or nothing, just other members. Cmrd Mbete is hard to recall when last tym u made comment on public regarding ANC issues, now since we are 7 wks to congress then u start to make baseless comments without any point. Plz know that this cheap comments wound give u a position again in NEC, most of provinces wrote u off already.

  • john.ncala - 2012-10-24 07:40

    consistency when criticizing Mr.Mbeki - an archive

  • smahlaba - 2012-10-24 09:48

    Wish he could have said something way before people had risen to power. He is one of the people to blame for the current 'situation' we find ourselves in.

  • husstla - 2012-10-26 14:16

    more celebrations....(tax payer's money)......more chats on the history that we (none) can go back and change (taxpayer's money again).... how are these anc event money spent on....gon' help the poor people? education? job opportunities? how? how? maybe i don't get it....

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-27 07:08

    Her opened throat is like a snake hole full of writhing serpents and vipers choking on frogs.

  • michael.smit.73997 - 2012-11-09 23:14

    the ANC is a disgrace to all the blacks n whoever else faught against apartheid. Thabo Mbeki is against ANC, Moletsi Mbeki is against anc, Mamphela Ramphele against the anc and there are lots of other black public figures against the anc. But the brainless will still keep em in power.

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