'Mbeki letters are not adding value to South African discourse'

Former president Thabo Mbeki has published the third letter in a series aimed at setting the record straight about this term in office, especially allegations that he monopolised power.

ANC stalwart Dr Essop Pahad and City Press editor-at-large Mondli Makhanya on Tuesday weighed in on whether Mbeki was running a one-man show during his tenure.

Listen to the conversation below:

The NEC never ever accepted that deputy president Jacob Zuma should no longer be deputy president of the ANC.

Essop Pahad, ANC stalwart

Obviously an individual plays a role in helping to shape those policies and making sure they get implemented.

Essop Pahad, ANC stalwart

He's always had the highest respect for the trade union federation. There is nobody who grew up within the ANC that cannot have the highest respect for the trade unions. Labour will always have a critical role to play.

Essop Pahad, ANC stalwart

If you ask me what I still regret about that conference. I regret that I did not have the courage to stand up and say no.

Essop Pahad, ANC stalwart

He's using this particular episode to deny the fact that he ever monolopised power.

Mondli Makhanya, City Press editor-at-large

I think he's undermining himself. I think there's so much wisdom that he can offer us as the country right now.

Mondli Makhanya, City Press editor-at-large

To be week after week, sounding like a little child, I actually don't think he's adding value to South African discourse.

Mondli Makhanya, City Press editor-at-large

For every article he writes, there are a hundred other versions from people who will question him. So he doesn't have the last word. His attempt to correcting history is not going to succeed.

Mondli Makhanya, City Press editor-at-large

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