- Former President Thabo Mbeki has spoken out about the damage to the credibility of the ANC and what it has done to the legacy left by his predecessor, Nelson Mandela
- Quoted in a Spanish newspaper that interview him last week Mbeki said the new leadership the party needs to engage in some serious introspection
- Mbeki also expressed the view that the people of the country are angry not with the party, but with its leadership
If the ANC is to survive, it needs to take a long hard look at itself. This is the line taken by Former President Thabo Mbeki when he was interviewed last week by a Spanish national newspaper.
Briefly.co.za gathers that one of the questions posed to Mbeki had to do with the credibility of the ruling party.
Asked how the harm done to the ANC’s credibility of late has impacted on the legacy left by Nelson Mandela, Mbeki said there needed to be discernment practised on the part of the party leadership between genuine party faithful, and members in name only who were along for the ride to empower and enrich themselves.
Mbeki said the party needed to examine itself, especially in view of what the damaged credibility is doing to the reputation of the country and the legacy left behind by the country’s first democratic President, Nelson Mandela.
The former president added that there needs to be a clean-up in the party so that the basic objectives which Mandela has begun to implement when he came to power have not be lost along the road towards the situation that the party finds itself in today.
“People are very angry,” said Mbeki. However, he did also say that in his view people were not angry with the party in general but rather superficially with leaders who had let them down.
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