Zuma: Mbeki sold ANC to the world

2012-11-09 22:31

Aliwal North - Former president Thabo Mbeki played a central role in selling the ANC to the rest of the world during apartheid, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

Due to this early international relation efforts it was not surprising that the African Renaissance became the central tenet of the country's foreign policy outlook under Mbeki's presidency," Zuma said at the party's centenary lecture honouring the former president.

"The better Africa and a better world that we now speak of is a cumulative input on the foundation laid by President Thabo Mbeki."

Zuma said Mbeki with other leaders of Africa through the African Union, the New Africa Initiative and later the New Partnership for Africa's Development led a concerted process of reviving institutions of governance and accountability in Africa.

Zuma was addressing a large crowd at the Sauer Park Stadium in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape. This was part of the ANC's centenary celebrations. Each month is dedicated to a former president of the party.

Mbeki did not attend the lecture. His spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga said he was busy with the Sudans issue.

Zuma said Mbeki was one of the African National Congress' early political and military thinkers and strategists who worked closely with the then leadership against the apartheid regime.

"He was a perfectly trained cadre... in military combat work," said Zuma.

He paid tribute to Mbeki's history in the ANC at the side of former organisation presidents such as Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.

In ending his address Zuma touched on Mbeki's last days as president and his recall.

Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as president of the country in June 1999.

After almost two terms in office Mbeki tendered his resignation in 2008, following the ANC's decision to recall him. This was after he was defeated by Zuma at the party's elective conference in Polokwane.

True patriot

Zuma said what defined Mbeki most as a loyal cadre of the ANC and "true patriot" was his conduct during his recall from office.

"Regardless of the circumstances of his departure from office, President Thabo Mbeki's record as an exceptional and distinguished cadre and leader of the ANC remains deeply etched in our history," said Zuma.

"He accepted the decision of the ANC NEC. Like a true statesman, he put the country first above personal considerations."

Zuma then quoted Mbeki's final words when he resigned from office.

He also hailed Mbeki as a committed ANC cadre, leader, friend and brother.

Before he started his address Zuma led the crowd in singing "somlandela uMbeki yonke indawo" [we shall follow Mbeki everywhere].

In introducing Zuma ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told the crowd that the ANC claimed Mbeki for itself.

"Others want to claim him, let's demystify this. He does not belong to a few."

Mantashe said Zuma was the most suited to deliver the Mbeki lecture.

Earlier in the day during a rally in Lady Grey, Zuma said the ANC was 100 years old and would not carry the aims of just a few.

He said the ANC carried the interests of the nation not a few people.

The ANC was an organisation with structures that adhered to serious political discipline with an emphasis on discipline.

"There would be consequences for ill discipline," he said.

The day however belonged to Mbeki who was an outstanding son of the ANC and South Africa, said Zuma

  • mashilopm - 2012-11-09 22:46

    And the proceeds ended up in your pockets. Shameless thief.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-10 19:01

      And the world bought a lemon....

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-10 23:20

      Short memory you have there, President Zuma. Not long ago you yourself sold Mbeki down the river. Trying to cover all your bases, are you?

  • JohnDough - 2012-11-09 23:00

    Mbeki might have sold the cANCer to the world but you stole South Africa.

  • bobi.tsotetsi - 2012-11-09 23:04

    Zuma u selling it to de ultra leftist. So now u acknowladge that Mbeki did a gud job bcuase u want to be voted nxa

  • ali.makhadzi - 2012-11-09 23:06

    Zuma, please learn frm Mbeki

      ali.makhadzi - 2012-11-10 07:14

      He must learn to b a 'true patriot'

  • gladstone.dyonase - 2012-11-09 23:06

    Showerhead you're smarter, neh! Now you can see that the DA will get the tapes, you are getting yourself a new brother.

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-09 23:21

    @nhlapo.3...not all negative comments are from white people but from people of all colour. people that's gatvol of being screwed by this greedy corrupt government. maybe someday that blinkers on your eyes will fall off or you'll start thinking for yourself.

      sydney.nhlapo.3 - 2012-11-09 23:42

      Having a differemt opinion from yours does not make me blind or unable to think for myself, it only means that we dont see things the same.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-09 23:25

    Here we that the opposition parties are calling for a secret ballot in parliament in the call of no confidence in the Zuma presidency ..........Zuma now starts to lick Mbeki's back side in an attempt to ensure that Mbeli's vote is not one the 68 votes needed from the ANC parliamentary members to get rid of the currupt shower head wearing disgrace.

  • tebogoasterr.metswamere - 2012-11-09 23:37

    I thnk Zuma is nw realising tht Mbeki was one of the best president of th republic ever, and we all knw tht.

      B.b. - 2012-11-10 09:22

      Firstly, u must understand ANC and be a member,,,secondly, read this article once again,,,mayb u'll change ur comment

  • takalani.elvis - 2012-11-09 23:44

    if what your saying Mr president is the truth, then what makes you guys decided to vote for vote of no confidence on him?? Is this other way of getting a number of people on your side?

  • graham.greeff - 2012-11-10 00:02

    JZ you got away with fruad and corruption,rape infdelity whst ever thst interprets into our minds, ? God please give you a wake up call. When ever will we see this country get better ? You now have the absolute nerve to blame Mbeki.Are you from Mars or posssibly that might be a better plsce to live. Get reall you ape !!!!!

  • danie.strydom.7 - 2012-11-10 02:20

    Yes he did. And then you came along to collect some dividends you greedy pig

  • cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-11-10 02:24

    SOoooooooooo angry I can spit...... Zuma u bloody traitor to this nation and ur own.... I don't want u dead, just poor like all the the ppl of colour. Including us blady so called whites with so much money...... Aaarrrghhhh

      oscar.frans - 2012-11-10 10:23

      whoever said you are white is colour blind

  • nkosingiphile.cofu - 2012-11-10 03:33

    A befitting tribute indeed to the true son of the soil. Well done Nxamalala. How i so wish Mzizi could have attended. We are where we are today because we stood on the shoulders of a giant like our former president.

  • phuti.donald - 2012-11-10 04:01

    Confusing, misleading and cheap publicity stunt by gossip24 WTF;; heading and the contents dnt correspond at all. Gt a grip u bloody Agent!!

  • mawetu.janda - 2012-11-10 05:51

    Zoomer don't sell THABO short He is far bigger than what you try to say of HIM.He is a smart economist and a diplomat, who not only sold the ANC to the World, but who positively marketed SOUTH AFRICA to the world unlike you (SHOWERHEAD) who's done the nagative and sold it on Black Market to CHINESE for your personal and family gain.Hence we have your MKAMDLAVILLE.You have DISGRACED both ANC and South Africa to the WORLD.

  • jnaledi1 - 2012-11-10 05:59

    Maybe somebody said something abt SANC or Forces of Change to JZ,hence damage control was properly done. I wonder if Maharaj was de when the speech was written,still shaking

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-10 06:12

    Jz is really a two faced mofo!!!

      morne.siebritz.9 - 2012-11-10 09:39

      Zuma zuma who are you you have nothing better to come up are making desperate moves.sjoe u must reaally be under start thinking of the pressure the poor must have.Mr 200mill

  • richard.zanner - 2012-11-10 06:25

    Hehe then he went and had him kicked out of Goverment.

  • khathutshelo.muafrica - 2012-11-10 06:26

    Todays news24 comments looks

      tshepo.tsamake.9 - 2012-11-10 06:43

      he is lying,he a4aid dat he is goin @ mangaung

      khathutshelo.muafrica - 2012-11-10 06:52

      News24 sucks sumtyms,thy cut my comment coz its against their purpose..'news24 2day looks

  • teboho.martin.3 - 2012-11-10 06:40

    Yeah! But Zuma we still want you out!you must go back to nkandla that's where u belong.

      tshepo.tsamake.9 - 2012-11-10 06:59

      yas u got da point jz must go out nd kgalema 4 president nd juju 4 youth

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2012-11-10 07:11

    Now Im confused, didnt Zuma Kick Mbeki out of office and called him a snake?hayi Politics......dirty game

  • werner.vandeventer - 2012-11-10 07:20

    Duncan, your grammar is damn awful dude, sheesh!

  • kaybee.notshweleka - 2012-11-10 07:24


  • clivegoss - 2012-11-10 07:26

    What a salesman ! Bet the world now has buyers remorse ? (gemors)

  • markus.esterhuyse - 2012-11-10 07:27

    I watched a documentary on the ANC some time ago and was really proud of the rich history of the ANC! The then leaders who sacrificed all for freedom! The proudest moment was when Mandela was made president! Mbeki rushed to get investors for SA to grow and then JZ came to plunder SA! Thabo mum still lives in a humble home and his father was one of the icons of the ANC! No multi millions were used to upgrade her home! JZ you are not worthy to tie any of the previous leaders shoe laces! You have disgraced the nation and the ANC and all the struggles! I urinate on the ground you walk on!

      khathutshelo.muafrica - 2012-11-10 09:48

      True Safrican m with u ma man

      andile.tyhaliti - 2012-11-11 00:28

      Well said Markus

  • peter.jordaan.5 - 2012-11-10 07:28

    Oh! It is so dis-ingenius of you Zoema. Everyone can see how dishonest, lying and manipulative this all is. It just shows what is on the inside. It is the same story everywhere in your life and presidency. You are fake, dishonest, corrupt, arrogant and contemptuous of the people of SA. Do us a favour and yourself ... leave before you are thrown out. Just zoom off!

  • johanes.ntoagae - 2012-11-10 07:32

    he did kicked mbeki out of gorvement even caled him a snake,,,now he is no longer a snake,,u can say wat eva u want jz, but stil u must b out,,

      B.b. - 2012-11-10 09:06

      Zuma never kicked Mbeki out,,,he was recalled by the NEC,,,Zuma was against Mbeki's recalling,,,he said, recalling Mbeki is the same as killing the dead snake,,,unfortunately this is a figurative speech that's y u r interpreting it literally

      B.b. - 2012-11-11 09:00

      Lol truth hurts

      mncedi - 2012-11-11 10:45

      @B.b that statement does not say anything about being against even if its used figuratively. Its just that you are to blind too see that. Ooh without forgeting perhaps are the one who supported Zuma for the painting in Goodman gallery.

  • Jack - 2012-11-10 07:33

    Madness, loose logic, dictatorial tendencies,...cANCer society has reached its sell by date many years ago. There is a stink in the air.

  • syphor.zit - 2012-11-10 07:34

    There is one thing we need to know about this ANC, it was formed to fight then and they achieved that good , now why are they they not grooming new blood from now and be strict as they were before because we know for sure that Zuma was in the ANC intelligence then and all his duties were a succes, so what do you think about his mindset. Never forget if you know that THABO's son was eliminated by the same party he intended to lead.

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-11-10 08:29

      The difference between ANC leaders then was that they were selfless and their services were not for personal gain but for the greater gain for humanity. For ANC leaders nowadays, leadership in the party is a business and financial proposition and prospect nothing less and nothing more.

      B.b. - 2012-11-11 08:54

      And u forgot to continue telling us of ur party,,,why was it formed?

  • syphor.zit - 2012-11-10 07:41

    I was trying to say that use to be underground leader me intelligence of ANC must know the seat is hot we see him now

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-10 07:50

    Sold it at a huge loss!

  • mojalefa.malepa - 2012-11-10 07:59

    Now Mbeki was a good ANC leader because he is out? What goes around comes around. I wonder if your predecessor will say the same about you, CRIMINAL. Come December.

  • henry.vanderburpenfart - 2012-11-10 08:14

    Oh so now you're chommies again? Um, ja...We're not buying it. Proudly South African! (Made in China)

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-11-10 08:19

    This was a big day for him and he'll never forget it for the rest of his life.

  • jerry.phillips.393 - 2012-11-10 08:21

    JZ made some critics eat a humpbe pie. They thought he will say something bad about Mbeki. Well calculated for anc sake.

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-11-10 08:31

    SKAAKmat. Boemerang!

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-11-10 08:45

    \He put the country first above his personal interest\, Mr President just take what you said about Mbeki and along it do an introspection. If you really love this country you will do an honourable thing and resign. You have made enough money and the state will look after you till death so go spend time with your grand kids.

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-10 09:02

    Gatkruip op sy beste

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-11-11 08:31

      Ek stem saam. Dit lyk asof domkop Zoom-zoom klaar vergeet het dat dit was slegs vier of was dit vyf jare gelede, toe hy Mbeki 'n slang genoem het.

  • kabelo.k.monageng - 2012-11-10 09:04

    President Zuma pls do the honourable thing and resign.The Mbeki that u r trying so hard to compliment is the same man u and ur cronies plotted against and the same man u called a snake.Who's the fool here? All of a sudden Mbeki was a good leader because he's out?And Sir I'm not suprised y u'r spendin the state's money so recklessly..u knw u'r on ur way out!

      B.b. - 2012-11-11 08:25

      Just recall him instead of telling him to resign,,,if u say so it means u hate him not dat he did something bad to u,,,if u r nt doing a good job as a president u r being recalled

  • Mohaola - 2012-11-10 09:22

    Good news to him after how long and why ,to avoid jail... hope u won't do that to Juju and jajarag crew cos u will here fredom songs ,abo somladela ......

  • jacyjays.letsoalo - 2012-11-10 09:39

    What a great tribute to Mbeki by Zuma! However, I take offence at how for now he is called \President\! Since 2009 there was a total Blackout on Mbeki, he was never referred as president and he was never mentioned in their past leaders! For now it is only \Appropriate\ to mention Mbeki as president of the ANC in the past. Of course Mbeki had his flaws but the Polokwane Coup de tat will forever be in our minds! But a well written lecture even Zuma forgetting Mbeki wasn't a \Born-Free\! The ANC is just dangling a carrot on the electorate so that we can think all this is in true harmony. By recalling Mbeki in the name of \bringing unity\ to the AnC has destroyed the stem that built what we grew up loving and have now grown to loath as a directionless organisation always kriss crossing on what they believe and don't believe in, today it is Nationalisation tomoro is Tribalisation, now Nkandlagate all playing at the hands of us! However, like Ndaweni Mahlangu once said - \Politicians always tell and honest lie\

  • B.b. - 2012-11-10 09:39

    Thank u,,,all the ANC leaders are remarkable,,,Thuli Madonsela is taking too long to tell us about Inkandla development,,,Zille has never told us about the process there,,,only she could do is to lay charges,,,we r done now about prasing the leaders,,,let's come to wat is happening,,,I'll begin to post negative or positive comments after I hv received news report from our honorable Public Protector

  • isaac.digomo.5 - 2012-11-10 09:47

    These is the situation Mr President: if you win at Mangaung then prepare to be an opposition party.

  • khathutshelo.muafrica - 2012-11-10 10:02

    Whos gonna give a lecture on zuma?

      NkandlaSpearshaker - 2012-11-10 21:55

      Very good question. Pity the poor soul...what an awaful dream enough to turn down the anc presidency

  • boitumelo.tauetsile - 2012-11-10 10:10

    Is this a strategy to pave a way to Mangaung, President Mbeki was never accoladed before Y now,JZ has lost it unfortunately he won't come back from Mangaung well Pres Mbeki has sold ANC i acknowledge but I am not breathing same words with JZ.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-10 10:38

    Yes, and you sold him down the river. Twit.

  • thembantc.cele - 2012-11-10 10:53

    heading of this article is misleading Mr editor...wht hs the President done to u and yr news24 huh

  • CHRISTOS52 - 2012-11-10 12:23

    I am an African ......

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2012-11-10 12:51

    I feel bad for S.A people....

  • lmtana1 - 2012-11-10 13:01

    what ever you white guys might say but never again will this country be in white hands again even if we have to choose 1000 zuma's ,you guys are in denial ,you brought poverty ,we didn't want to be developed but you for development on to us ,you raped ,murdered our ancestors and you still think theres nothing wrong with it,to white people it comes naturally to hate and think of others as inferior,we don't fight to becuase we hate or we want to enslave we fight to unite,and you guys are in denial, heartless I see it even with my colleagues,you try to have your own groups,and give nothing of what you have taken in the years gone by,you cry like babies about crime but you do nothing positive about it.Open your eyes this is Africa one day there will be a generation that will want to anialate you if you don't play with us and carry on with this exclusion your digging your own grave - 2012-11-10 13:10

      think you just might be in denial about the reality of sa history and sa present day, open eyes, open mind and you will see

      khathutshelo.muafrica - 2012-11-10 14:02

      Truely the will be tym wer we will say enough is enough 2 this superiority of yoz european africans,treating us inferia in our own land.accept wt u dd 2 us and apologise then we'll build our country in good spirit

      bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-11-10 19:56

      Imtana thank you today i was at jhb zoo and i saw this two whitey give me a look after buying worsrolls for my kid the guy was push they child in the perm and he blocked my path so that his family can walk in front and the wife started coughing in the open air while i was eating and i just move to another path with a smile and everyone there just stared like they don't see jack! well i was wear a ecko t-shirt with a blue rhino in front of it if they ever read this they mothers must be proud of them i still say and i took lovely pictures of the wild life behide me in pictures thank you. they were wearing black clothing the guy was bold if you know what i mean the wife was fat.