Moeletsi Mbeki has strongly criticized the judiciary and the South African government for their handling of the past week’s event and asked why it was so important to arrest a former statesman.
In a widely shared interview with the SABC he spoke about the challenges facing the country and make proposals for a way forward in the midst of the ongoing unrests in Gauteng and the Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Just to put Zuma in jail by ConCourt, 45 SAns died & economy in tatters
Why is it important to have Zuma in jail?
Do lawyers think it’s worth SA & region to pay for them to quote Western textbooks & tell us “We have obeyed the rule of law”?
For me it isn’t. pic.twitter.com/QrhZB65flj
— Izwe Lethu (@LandNoli) July 14, 2021
Why is it so important to arrest Zuma?
He asked very important questions in the interview saying, why is it important to have Zuma in jail? Do lawyers think it’s worth SA & region to pay for them to quote Western textbooks & tell us “We have obeyed the rule of law”?
The socio-economic issues as an excuse
Mbeki also criticized Ramaphosa for not acting on the biggest issue facing South Africa, and using those issues an excuse for what unfolded in the past week.
“They have been in power for 27 years and they have all this information to keep telling us about the hard difficulties of SA … that’s not what they’re elected to do. They are elected to solve the problem. Taxpayers pay Statistics SA to tell us about the state of the economy. We don’t pay government or politicians to tell us about the state of SA.”
He also asked what has he (Ramaphosa) has done to change the reality of the many South Africans during his tenure as a leader of both his organization and country.
“I’m surprised that the president is telling us about the state of the population. This is common knowledge. The question is … he has been president, he has been vice-president under Jacob Zuma … what has he done about it? The ANC has been his party.
In another interview with CNN, he spoke about the South African society and how the inequality in this country was a ticking time-bomb.“We have a huge, hopeless population that doesn’t see a future, and much of them are young. That’s why any spark can trigger an explosion.”
Do you agree with #MoeletsiMbeki and his assessment of the situation?
— Dissenting Intellectual. (@MightiJamie) July 14, 2021