By [email protected] (Nonkululeko Njilo)
Former president Thabo Mbeki’s scathing attack on President Cyril Ramaphosa must be challenged and is an attempt to protect himself from the party’s failures.
This is the view of political analyst Xolani Dube, founder of the Xubera Institute for Research and Development, who was critical of the former statesman’s remarks. Mbeki said the ruling party had no plan to tackle social ills and that Ramaphosa had failed to keep promises made during his state of the nation address in February.
“He is playing to the gallery — trying to insulate himself from what the ANC has been doing to South Africans for the past 28 years,” said Dube, remarking that Mbeki, the longest serving president to date, was one of the architects of SA’s sad state of affairs.
Mbeki was among the first senior party leaders to endorse Ramaphosa, who rose to power on the anti-corruption ticket, unity and renewal of the ANC. This as the party continues to be marred by allegations of corruption and factionalism.
Another political analyst, Dr Ralph Mathekga, however believes there is nothing untoward about Mbeki’s remarks and argues that they are an honest analysis given his stature in the party.
“It is not necessarily an attack, it is in fact a sobering observation. One thing that came to mind when I saw his remarks, was that well, at the end of the day, no matter which faction you belong to, there are certain people who must call you to order on the promises you’ve made to people.”