Former President Thabo Mbeki has suggested solutions to South Africa’s problems which comes in the form of a national dialogue to assess the progress made so far during the democratic era. He warned that the problems facing the country will persist if this is not done.
Mbeki has shown full support of a new initiative being led by the foundations of struggle stalwarts, Robert Sobukwe, Oliver Tambo, FW de Klerk and Desmond Tutu, who plan to conduct some public talks about where the nation is headed.
Yesterday, while he presented an update on his campaign to put a stop to to illicit outflows of funds in Africa, Mbeki responded to the outcomes of the Arms Deal Commission. In his opinion, Mbeki suggested a sincere dialogue about the future of South Africa.
“I think it’s a very important issue, it’s important that we as South Africans must indeed engage in that dialogue about our country and its future because it’s quite clear that there are many things that have not gone right.”
He added that the dialogues may demand some sacrifices which he suggests that South Africans should act on it.
“We’ve not set ourselves these objectives, so let’s act together to do that. If that means removing Max Boqwana from his position as the CEO of the foundation, let that be the outcome.”
The national dialogue is expected to take place this year though the foundations have not yet finalized the schedule.
Mbeki said he was not surprised at the outcome of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal which found no evidence of corruption.
He said while critiques insist that the purchase of arms by the South African government was a corrupt move, there is no evidence to prove these allegations.
“The British, the Swedes and this and that did their own investigation so the commission did the right thing to visit all these country and say can you please give us information that will be relevant to our work. Not one of them has any information that there was corruption about this.”
Mbeki advised Africans to stop creating stereotypes which paints a picture of absolute corruption in African governments.