Thabo Mbeki Says Careerism Is Detrimental to ANC, References Nelson Mandela

Thabo Mbeki Says Careerism Is Detrimental to ANC, References Nelson Mandela

- Former ANC and SA president Thabo Mbeki has raised concerns about the ruling party in terms of careerism

- Mbeki stated that the African National Congress needs to protect itself against members of the party who join solely with their own interests at heart

- Mbeki also made mention of the late Nelson Mandela's speech about the impact careerism would have on the ruling party

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Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has spoken out about the African National Congress stating that the party needs to 'guard' itself against members who join it to 'advance their selfish interests'.

Mbeki was addressing the ruling party's Provincial Executive Council (PEC) in the Eastern Cape. Mbeki stated that over 20 years ago, Nelson Mandela warned of the effect careerism on the ANC would have.

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The former president stated that careerism has destroyed the ruling party and detached it from its main task of bettering the lives of those that are disadvantaged.

Thabo Mbeki Says Careerism Is Detrimental to Anc, References Nelson Mandela
Former Thabo Mbeki stated recently that careerism within the ruling party is detrimental. Image: GULSHAN KHAN/AFP
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Mbeki explains 2009 withdrawal

EWN reported that Mbeki stated that he withdrew from campaigning for the ruling party between the years between 2009 and 2016. He reportedly said that he withdrew due to the 'false messaging' by leaders of the ANC during the election period.


Mbeki also made mention of when Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe was the ANC's Secretary-General and how he brought up the issues of careerism, a while after Mandela's warnings.

A report by SABC News, quoted Mbeki who reiterated that the ANC have yet to comment on the concerns raised by Mandela.

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In other political news, Briefly News reported that former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo was reportedly requested to leave a Parliamentary meeting to talk through Government's Section 100 intervention within the province.

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Virtual meeting

Mahumapelo connected to the virtual meeting where the ad hoc committee of the intervention was meant to obtain an update from the team. The ad hoc committee falls under the National Council of Provinces.


The meeting was led by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Monday, 31 May. Reports revealed that at the beginning of the meeting China Dodovu, committee Chairperson, noticed that Mahumapelo was there and requested that he leave.

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