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Mbeki’s scathing criticism of ANC, warns of “Arab Spring”

THABO Mbeki, the former South African President and ex-party leader, has delivered scathing appraisal of his own party as well as the country’s sitting president Cyril Ramaphosa.

In an address at the memorial service of Jessie Duarte, the ANC Deputy Secretary General who succumbed to cancer this week, Mbeki said despite promises from Ramaphosa, SA does not have a national plan to its most pressing problems of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

“Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, when he delivered the state of the nation address in February, said ‘in 100 days there must be an agreed comprehensive social compact to address these matters’. Nothing has happened, nothing,” Mbeki said. “I am saying to honour the legacy of comrade Jessie, you’ve got to do something about that.”

Mbeki warned that SA risked Arab Spring and expressed deep concerns about the rising levels of lawlessness.

He referred to an incident in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, during an attack on a hawker by the police led to unrests which toppled the government.

“ One of my fears is that one of these days it’s going to happen to us. You can’t have so many people unemployed, so many people poor, people faced with lawlessness, faced by leadership in which they see ANC people one after one another called corrupt.  One day it’s going to explode,” said Mbeki.