‘I Have a Problem With This Government’ – Mbeki


Former SA president Thabo Mbeki has related his anger towards the Zuma’s administration for not listening to people’s complaints and advice on issues concerning the country.

Speaking at the Sunday Times top 100 Companies Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre last night where he was the keynote speaker, the former president said things were continuously going wrong because the Zuma’s government has failed to listen to the people who elected them.

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He said if the government were to listen to his suggestions on governing a constitutional democracy, the country may be able to emerge from its current political space.

“If the political parties which are serving in our National Legislature had discussed this observation or I suggest honestly and seriously, I believe that this would have made the strategic intervention we need to pull the country out of an unhappy political situation in which it is, and to put us on a course to achieve the quality governance system we visualized,” Mbeki said

More to this, Mbeki told top 100 Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed companies, alongside many others who attended the meeting that if government had paid attention to the Nkandla judgment earlier this year, it would have served them well.

His comments followed his letter addressed to President Jacob Zuma where he expressed concerns about the manner in which the African National Congress (ANC) has responded to growing dissatisfaction with him, particularly by the veterans.

In the letter, which was leaked to the public, Mbeki advised Zuma not to make light of the concerns of the veterans which he says is a sentiment shared by many others.

Meanwhile, in his speech at the award night, the statesman called for the country to engage in a national dialogue and for private investors to do more to improve the country’s economy.

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He also told the business leaders in the country to question whether their drive to make money “at all costs” means being ready to subvert constitutional order.

“We must act now and do the right thing because time is not on our side,” he told leaders present as he reinstated his call for a national dialogue so South Africa’s problems will be adequately discussed.