One of the least known facts is how many Charterist political parties there are in South Africa's National Assembly of the Fifth Democratic Parliament. Perhaps rightly, it is a moot point given how insignificant any party's subscription to the Freedom Charter may seem in the public discourse in recent times. Charterist formations are the formations who subscribe to the Freedom Charter. Although some, even within the ANC, often mistake the Freedom Charter to be the ANC's intellectual property, . . . Continue reading this article

By Thabo Mbeki February 1, 2016 In 2001, the ANC National Working Committee (NWC), of which I was a member, issued the seminal document, “Through the eye of a needle? Choosing the best cadres to lead transformation.” [‘The eye of the needle’.] Among others, this document specifies the critical requirement that, “A leader should constantly seek to improve his capacity to serve the people; he should strive to be in touch with the people all the time, listen to their views and learn from . . . Continue reading this article

By Thabo Mbeki. January 25 2016 The December 17, 2007 website of the UK newspaper, “The Guardian”, carried an article headed “Mbeki’s shock as ANC turns on him”, written by one Chris McGreal. Among others McGreal said that as President of the ANC and South Africa, Thabo Mbeki had “wielded power as if it was his due…The Union Buildings – the seat of the presidency – exuded arrogance and aloofness. Above all, the President treated his own party, the African National Congress, as . . . Continue reading this article

By Thabo Mbeki January 18, 2016 It is obvious that when the ANC became a ruling party in 1994 we could not foresee and prepare for all the challenges the organisation would face in terms of its work. Part of what happened was that with much of our leadership deployed in the state executive structures, the legislatures and the administration, these could not pay as much attention to work in the ANC as they used to. At the same time there was now the demand that in addition to its normal tasks . . . Continue reading this article

On Monday this week, former President Thabo Mbeki released the first of a series of articles intended to correct distortions about the period when he served as President of the ANC and the Republic.   As was expected, this article, which discussed the former President’s alleged paranoia, has generated much discussion and debate across the country.   One such contribution has come from a familiar place, the desk of former Sunday Times editor, Ray Hartley.    In . . . Continue reading this article

By Thabo Mbeki There is a popular view that Winston Churchill once said, “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” However it would seem that what Churchill actually said, speaking at the British House of Commons on 23 Jan 1948, was, “For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all Parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.” Whatever his exact words, Churchill’s comments drew attention to the important . . . Continue reading this article

You will be disappointed, but not surprised, to know that this blog has only 13 loyal readers, down from the 54 who used to read in the past. It makes a lot of sense because there is not one who can, in their right mind, waste their time reading badly written pointless text. For what it's worth, I appreciate the loyalty of all the 13 readers of this blog. Hence, I would like to give all 13 of you a Christmas gift. No, do not get excited yet. It's not the conventional Christmas gift. It's the kind . . . Continue reading this article

The 2012 Constitution of the ANC provides that any member has a right to elect and to be elected to any structure of the ANC. It has implicit exclusion of those whose first time membership is less than 6 months. During that period, a provisional member can neither vote nor be voted for. However, the constitution further imposes additional requirements for election to specific structures. It prescribes that for election to the NEC, a person must have been a member for at least 10 years. For the . . . Continue reading this article

Few people would disagree that Google is one of the most awesome places to work. The never-ending free buffet, the nap pods, gym facilities and other amenities provide for a very convenient working environment. For today, my focus is on the buffet and nap pods, mostly because I'm both hungry and drowsy. One of the things I can do to address my hunger is to step out of the office, walk down or up the streets of Pretoria to get a snack. The reason I can't do that and would rather sit here and . . . Continue reading this article

At the risk of being labelled as blindly loyal, I am joining the discussion around the liability of the President for certain payment relating to upgrades at his residence. To the extent possible, almost all participants in this debate seem to hold the Public Protector in higher regard than even the SIU such as Mcebisi Ndletyana (see http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/2014/08/21/zuma-sticking-with-signature-strategy-stall-and-obfuscate). But for some reason some of the more audible participants seem . . . Continue reading this article