Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has decided to drop his pen for a while. Mbeki’s foundation says that the former president has made a decision to stop writing newsletters for now, though the foundation fears that lies are becoming the order of the day.
Mbeki started writing newsletters earlier this year with the intention of proving wrong, the claims that he had been withdrawn and wallowing in paranoia during his time in office.
However, Thabo Meki and all of his letters were criticized, especially when he defended his policies on Aids and led an attack on several colleagues in the African National Congress (ANC).
According to the opinion of Journalist and Author Ray Hartley, who has in the past written a lot about Mbeki’s presidency, the letters written by the former president have not really improved his reputation. He also believes that Mbeki never really made much impact with the news letters.
“And there was criticism for some of the things that he said in his newsletter, so the old sarcasm came out again and so I don’t think he’s really hit the mark with the newsletters.”
CEO of the foundation Max Boqwana says they regret to announce that there will be no more regular articles from Mbeki pending when the foundation decides on what the next step will be.
Through his newsletters, former President Mbeki had sought to address the quality of the information made available to the public in the country while laying emphasis on the need to stop the use of lies, fabrications and misrepresentations to mislead innocent citizens.
Mbeki had also claimed that many people like the politicians resorted to lies in their bid to advance their agendas.
During his era of writing, former President Mbeki avoided making any direct comment about President Jacob Zuma.