South Africans can never agree on which president has been the best for the country. While many argue that Thabo Mbeki improved the economy, others counter that by saying that he let the health system decline. Similarly, some believe that Jacob Zuma did well to deal with the HIV/AIDS crisis but his alleged corruption was the downside.
Briefly.co.za asked readers to weigh in on who they think the best SA president so far was and why.
The topic ended up as a heated debate as social media users shared their thoughts.
Briefly reader Nkosinathi Radebe said:
"Cde Jacob Zuma...his administration managed to pull through the the world Recession,He lowered the death toll of many due to HIV/Aids...He built the highest number of Schools and RDP houses"
Facebook user Mybrada Mysista said:
"Thabo Mbeki...we've had so many commissions but he's not mentioned anywhere"
Mike Samuel said:
"Kgalema Motlhanthe but was removed quickly cause he was fair and anti-corruption unlike other rotten tomatoes in ANC"
Tom Magoveni said:
"I think former president Mandela, because he encouraged South Africans to live together both whites, blacks and Indians to live together in harmony, rebuilding the economy together, of which had it not been the old man's wise thought, South Africa would have burnt into ashes, or the economy would have collapsed the first five years from 1994, and those with capital might have left and stayed abroad with the capital"
While Sizwe Will Nzima said:
"None. Mandela sold us out Mbeki opened our boarders Zuma built Nkandla. I don't think the problem is with our former or current president. We have an ANC problem"
James Aylward said:
"It doesn't matter what president is on the chair, he gets instructions from the leadership of the African National Congress, and that is where the mess up is"
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