'Mbete faced difficult questions. She has done a lot in terms of responding'

Al Jazeera interviewed ANC stalwart Baleka Mbete on Friday in an interview that South Africans across the country’s many divides described as embarrassing.

The former speaker of parliament came across as ignorant, defensive and utterly removed from reality.

Another car crash interview on Al Jazeera by a South African politician…

Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show
A YouTube screengrab shows former National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete during an interview with Al Jazeera. Picture: Al Jazeera English/youtube.com

We’d like to see South African politicians acknowledge and take ownership of cockups…

Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show

Mbete on the fact that nobody has been held accountable for Marikana:

I’ll find out. I’ll get myself better informed. I have to update my information. I’m not sure about that. That’s why I must find out. My own information needs to be updated.

Baleka Mbete

Mbete on crime in South Africa:

We can’t blame the problems of South African society on the ANC… the colonialists came and brought crime from Europe to Africa…

Baleka Mbete

Mbete on the World Bank rating South Africa as the most unequal society country in the world:

They are not God; they are human beings. I don't believe so.

Baleka Mbete

Mbete on Government corruption and State Capture:

Things were not happening in full view of everybody. There are many issues I'm learning for the first time in the past few months, in terms of how bad things were.

Baleka Mbete

Scroll down to the bottom of the article to watch the interview.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Xolani Xala, founder of South African Business Abroad (Saba).

Xala joined Mbete on the set for the now infamous Al Jazeera interview.

We thought she has done quite a lot in terms of responding to the questions. Some of them were difficult…

Xolani Xala, founder - South African Business Abroad

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).

Our members have nothing to do with politics and things like that…

Xolani Xala, founder - South African Business Abroad

Loadshedding should’ve been dealt with long ago… but overall we’re comfortable and pleased with other developments in the country…

Xolani Xala, founder - South African Business Abroad

Enjoy The Money Show, but miss it sometimes?

Get the best bits emailed to you daily, right after it ends:

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Why Vestact is buying Discovery (JSE), Long4Life (JSE) and Booking.com

Why Vestact is buying Discovery (JSE), Long4Life (JSE) and Booking.com

Portfolio Manager Byron Lotter shares his stock picks of the week with Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show.

Are 'tap and go' cards safe? Maybe, suggests this case involving Standard Bank

Are 'tap and go' cards safe? Maybe, suggests this case involving Standard Bank

Handsfree pickpocketing is a myth, says consumer journalist Wendy Knowler. But risks remain, suggests a case she took on.

Considering divorce? How to avoid getting poorer in the process

Considering divorce? How to avoid getting poorer in the process

Personal finance expert Warren Ingram warns that divorce almost always destroys wealth. Here’s how to not lose your money.

Eskom distributed less electricity in Aug 2019 than at any time since Feb 2009

Eskom distributed less electricity in Aug 2019 than at any time since Feb 2009

“It’s a total mess! What used to be so simple has become a very complicated exercise,” says coal analyst Xavier Prevost.

'We discuss stocks and options with our children at the dinner table'

'We discuss stocks and options with our children at the dinner table'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Basetsana Kumalo about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Yves Saint Laurent starts selling designer condoms for R95 a pop

Yves Saint Laurent starts selling designer condoms for R95 a pop

Some things in life just don’t need a “designer” counterpart, reckons branding and advertising expert Andy Rice.

Popular articles
RMB Holdings ends SA’s 'most successful entrepreneurial venture in 40 years'

RMB Holdings ends SA’s 'most successful entrepreneurial venture in 40 years'

RMB Holdings will dole out its shares in FirstRand, South Africa’s largest financial institution, says Chris Logan.

BEE benefits white-owned companies, caller tells Eusebius

BEE benefits white-owned companies, caller tells Eusebius

Callers discuss the benefits of Black Economic Empowerment and inequality in South Africa with Eusebius Mckaiser.

[VIDEO] Gate camera footage shows Julius Malema in altercation with soldier

[VIDEO] Gate camera footage shows Julius Malema in altercation with soldier

EFF's Malema and Ndlozi were in court for allegedly assaulting an officer during Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral last year.

FNB unilaterally closes accounts of all cryptocurrency trading platforms in SA

FNB unilaterally closes accounts of all cryptocurrency trading platforms in SA

FNB ("most innovative bank in SA") is unbanking one of the most innovative industries of our time, says Farzam Ehsani (VALR.com).

We paid before the family arrived with the body – Old Mutual

We paid before the family arrived with the body – Old Mutual

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler investigates after a poor family’s desperation to get a claim paid made headlines.

[WATCH] Viral schoolkid who cried at Bok tour attends awards with the Kolisis

[WATCH] Viral schoolkid who cried at Bok tour attends awards with the Kolisis

He was caught on camera earlier this month, bawling his eyes out when he saw the Bok squad at the start of their victory tour.

[VIDEO] Family take dead family member to Old Mutual after no funeral pay-out

[VIDEO] Family take dead family member to Old Mutual after no funeral pay-out

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Pravin Gordhan is part of SAA mess, he is not a saint'

'Pravin Gordhan is part of SAA mess, he is not a saint'

Wits School of Economics and Business Science senior lecture Lumkile Mondi says the South African Airways crisis is self-created.

13 tips for saving hundreds (nay, thousands!) of rands each month

13 tips for saving hundreds (nay, thousands!) of rands each month

The economy is toast. Personal finance expert Warren Ingram shares 13 highly effective tips for making ends meet.