Former president Thabo Mbeki disagrees that Jacob Zuma wasted those 9 years. In fact, he took an opportunity to note some choices he feels his successor got right.
Thabo Mbeki has revealed that he disagrees with the notion that Jacob Zuma had wasted the years he spent at the helm of the ANC and South Africa.
The former president detailed what he felt had been the right decisions his successor made while in power.
One of these 'correct' choices, according to Mbeki, had been transferring technical colleges back to national, according to The Citizen.
Further to this, Mbeki felt that the creation of separate departments for basic and higher education had been a good decision.
Mbeki also felt that blaming the issues at Eskom on Zuma was a misguided notion:
“For instance, if you look at Eskom, one of the big problems at Eskom which emerged was the drop in expenditure in terms of the maintenance of the power stations, in 2006, 2007, and so on. It started then. Of course it continues over the years, and gets worse and worse and worse until you have these power cuts and so on but it is not a phenomenon of the last nine years."
Another negative point Mbeki had brought up is an over inflated civil service staff, which had more than tripled during Zuma's reign.
Mbeki recalled asking what the 1 000 (from 300) civil servants did for the presidency and he had been met with the following reply:
"You get people who come to work and all they do is play games on the computer and then they knock off, go home and at the end of month they get a salary. So you have things got things like that, that happened in the last nine years.”
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