Thabo Mbeki, Nzimande At Loggerheads Over Slurs: Everything We Know

Former President Thabo Mbeki has expressed unhappiness after the SACP boss Blade Nzimande said the controversies and scandals plaguing President Jacob Zuma’s current administration were similar to his presidency.

Nzimande, who is also Higher Education Minister made the shocking allegation last week while addressing the Cosatu central committee (CC) meeting at the St George’s Hotel outside Pretoria.

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He told delegates that President Zuma’s administration had shown ‘ambitions for an imperial presidential system’ – a similar move made by Thabo Mbeki that made the African National Congress (ANC) recall him.

In his words, the SACP said Mbete had wanted to ‘create an imperial presidency’ during his administration, adding that Mbeki had used intelligence in a ‘rogue’ way, as Zuma is allegedly doing now.

Blade alleged:

“Zonke izinto’ [everything] which happened during the Mbeki administration was happening again under Zuma’s administration.

There were e-mails then. There are e-mails now that appeared yesterday and there is a rogue intelligence unit that operates outside the law which is listening to other comrades … the very same thing esasiyilwe’ uMbeki is happening today.”

Responding to Nzimande’s allegations via emails on Wednesday, Mbeki asked the Higher Education Minister to kindly prove the ‘startling and extraordinary statement’ he made during SACP Cosatu Central meeting.

In addition, Nzimande was called on to give a detailed account on how Mbeki showed ambitions of an ‘imperial presidential system’; how the then ‘hoax e-mails’ shared similarity with the recent alleged Gupta e-mails that came to light a few days ago.

Furthermore, Mbeki asked to carefully detail an evidence of the so-called ‘rogue intelligence unit’ which operated during his administration.

Finally, Nzimande was asked to careful write down in details the many things [zonke izinto] which happened during Mbeki’s administration, which is now happening again under Zuma’s administration.

“I am making my appeal to you in this regard moved by the correct observation you made during your address at the Cosatu CC that as revolutionaries we must live up to the Oliver Tambo injunction that – we must tell the truth, even if it coincides with what the enemy says,” Mbeki added.

The former president expressed hope that all the ‘valuable information’ the SACP boss would provide will help him explain the historic and historical significance of what happened during the period leading up to, during, and after the 2007 ANC national conference in Polokwane.

The so-called hoax emails Nzimande mentioned refers to the 2006 emails which purport to implicate senior ANC and government officials in a plot to destroy the then deputy president Jacob Zuma and ANC Secretary General Kgalema Motlanthe.

The emails also exposed deep divisions and rift in the party between pro- and anti-Jacob Zuma factions at the time.

After an internal ANC commission into the so-called hoax email scandal, it was found that former spy boss Billy Masetlha had nothing to do with the fabrication of emails, as alleged.

Here are Mbeki‘s emails to Minister Blade Nzimande.

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Thabo Mbeki entered the race to be ANC President for a third term in 2007, standing against Jacob Zuma. He was, however, on 18 December 2007 at the ANC conference in Polokwane while Zuma emerged the ANC’s presidential candidate in the 2009 general election.

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