Face to Face with Thabo Mbeki

In 2014 Peter Bruce, editor in Chief of Financial Mail magazine and Business Day newspaper, in South Africa sat down with former president Thabo Mbeki. He completed a Masters degree in economics at Sussex University in 1966 and was the 2nd democratically elected president after Nelson Mandela.

Here’s some comments from Youtube users:

Trevor CaptainEvo Mathebula, “President Mbeki was and still is an economist. Listening to him was very insightful and held a lot of answers to some of the things that were happening at some point and are still happening on some level in this country, South Africa is still being Looted and not only by Government. If you listened carefully to what this man said at 51:51-End. He said some real shit in that piece and that’s what people should be talking about because its still happening today on a Massive scale because we never resolved that question the last time it came up. South Africa has been bled dry an its not just the government that was doing it. South Africa wasn’t just looted of its resources and money but also of its peoples dignity. And Everyone was in on it, its like when they realized looting was already happening and still continues and there’s nothing they can do about it so they all went about doing what they had too to get a step ahead cause the deal they got was so raw to start with, hence why youths are still having to fight for free education. But even when times are at their worst, their’s always a fat cat eating… Everywhere, every country has them. They all have their own swing or agenda and sometimes you never know who’s riding the wave, but when Zuma and his “cronies” do it, oh that’s the perfect distraction, the people eat it up, its all they can talk about, till everyone agrees Zuma must fall, funny enough lol but serious shit, shit like what Mbeki Just dropped. Everyday I see the whole nation distracted by this mirage that sometimes takes a very dramatic turn, even with real life fatalities as collateral while all the while there’s always something just a little deeper, but the masses just move right past it.”

Hans Franz, “The fact that someone like Zuma could become more popular than Mbeki actually tells alot about the “political-literacy” of the South African electorate. Not saying that Mbeki is perfect in any sense, but he seems so much more reasonable and knowledgeable than Zuma. Still, people preferred the rather simpleminded and populist style of Zuma. So they should not be surprised about the current state of the nation.

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