Be careful of finger-pointing, Mbeki

Poor Ramaphosa can’t seem to catch a break. Last Thursday, at the memorial service for the ANC’s deputy secretary-general of the ANC Jessie Duarte, former president Thabo Mbeki lambasted him for failing to deliver on a national compact to address SA’s many crises, warning of an Arab Spring style uprising. 

It’s worth noting though that Mbeki can’t wash his hands of responsibility for many of our problems, given that the arms deal and disbanding of the Scorpions happened under his watch, along with a failure to invest in Eskom in the early 2000s. 
As Adriaan Basson, News24 editor, writes: “When the final chapter of the demise of the ANC is written, Mbeki’s name and actions will loom large.”

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