Johannesburg – Former president Thabo Mbeki delivered his hard hitting speech which was punctuated by the question “What is to be done?”

He delivered the speech at the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards on Tuesday night. Mbeki, reflected the countless crisis that are surrounding the country. In his speech, Mbeki bewailed how political leaders have abandoned their mandate of serving the people, and the corrosive levels of corruption and self-aggrandisement in the ANC-led government.

Mbeki’s hard talk came a few hours after the ANC’s national working committee resolved to close ranks around President Jacob Zuma and called on its MPs to vote against the DA’s motion of no confidence in Parliament tomorrow.

First, it is obvious that over the years, progressively since 1994, some negative features have emerged in our governing party, the ANC, which the organisation itself has recognised, including the disease of the abuse of political power for personal enrichment,” he said.

This statement follows the release of the State Capture report by former public protector, Thuli Madonsela, which exposed the acts of corruption of President Jacob Zuma and some his cabinet ministers.

Further more, Mbeki suggested that it was time the current administration did a reality check to save the country from sliding further into a quagmire. 

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