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MaMbeki is behind Zuma

By Lulamile Feni Mthatha Bureau Chief | Nov 28, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 147 ]

IN A surprise move, former president Thabo Mbeki's mother has come out in support of President Jacob Zuma, saying he is the man she strongly believes will emerge victorious in Mangaung next month.

"Give me Zuma any day. He will have a second term," said Epainette Mbeki, better known as MaMbeki.

Speaking from her home in Ngcingwana, Eastern Cape, MaMbeki said if Zuma and his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, were to be nominated to contest for the ANC presidency, her preferred candidate would be Zuma.

She described Motlanthe as a difficult leader when it comes to understanding his vision, adding that it would be difficult to support him.

"I don't have confidence in Kgalema," she said. "He is a difficult character to understand. One does not know what he stands for. It is difficult to know where he would lead the ANC and country if he became president."

Despite giving Zuma the edge over Motlanthe, MaMbeki said Zuma was not a fine and rounded leader, but a leader with shortcomings.

"Msholozi is ... easy-going and at times fails to make his own decisions. He wants to please everyone. In the end, he could fail to fulfil all his promises. That is the weakness of his leadership and will be his downfall as a leader. The ANC needs a stronger leader," she said.

She said Motlanthe's quietness about his aspirations to become president was costing him dearly.

"Members would be very sceptical of his becoming president."

She said though leaders like Mbeki and Motlanthe believe in quiet diplomacy, "the two have different characters altogether, with different leadership skills. You cannot compare the two".

Mbeki tendered his resignation in 2008 following the ANC's decision to recall him.

This was after he was defeated by Zuma at the party's elective conference in Polokwane in 2007.

On her son's recall in 2008 she said: "... the majority of the (ANC) national executive committee agreed on recalling Thabo. Msholozi had not single-handedly recalled Thabo, but the NEC collective did".

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Sasha*-Fierce - "One advantage about Zuma/ Msholozi (as he is known in our ranks) is that ''he is an open book'' all his dirty laundry is out in the open for any body to see"

Except the spy-tapes ne.

Nov 28, 2012 10:5 | 0 replies


The descendent of slaves, will defend their mother land with everything at their disposal, If it come to a push, we will go back to the bush.

Our revolution was not cheap, Blood of an African child gave birth to this freedom.

Nov 28, 2012 11:10 | 0 replies

Mama Mbeki is right.

Nov 28, 2012 11:17 | 0 replies

JohnStone - Potchefstroom, Nelspruit, whatever. Inconsequential to the fact that the ANC incompetence, and deployed cadred, made it lose a municipality.

ANC incompetence and corruption is going to cost you provinces and more municipalities.

The ANC has lost more than 30 wards to the DA in the past few months.

You must be $h1tting yourself.
Time to escalate the 'Blou gevaar' propaganda!

Come on, tell us how the DA will bring apartheid back :P

Nov 28, 2012 11:19 | 0 replies

JohnStone - Even more funny, when it was time to elect a new mayor, the majority of ANC duuumb@sses walked out of the meeting. Leaving the DA to handpick their new mayor :P

Hehe, gotta love ANC incompetence when it costs them, and not South Africa.

Nov 28, 2012 11:22 | 0 replies

When a friend offers you a choice of two apples and you can see that both have worms in them, would you not politely decline to pick either of them?

The mindset of this woman and all ANC supporters that have been driven into a choice between bad and worse by the ANC, is a sorry sight for those who are enlightened enough to see through the ANC's bankrupt leadership and blind supporters.

Nov 28, 2012 11:31 | 0 replies

At that age but she still make sense, I now see where did T Boz & the brother get the brains.
Not so emotional like many so called policatical analysts.

the ANC should start naturing its young leaders as they did to TBoz and others, so that they do not find themselves in this dilema of Shawara

Again Thuli for's a big dream that you will forget in the morning, and she knows that.............

Nov 28, 2012 11:52 | 0 replies

We will vote for Zuma, but he must let us in on the gravy, nathi sithole izifebe, ngekhe aziqede on his own.

Nov 28, 2012 12:6 | 0 replies

Her comment sadly show that her loyalty lies on the ANC than the country. Zuma is evidently running the country to the ground and it is no longer funny. What we need is for the DA to position itself and take over the running of the country in 2014 in a coalition of opposition parties arrangement like in Lesotho. I personally have had enough of being embarrassed by the likes of Zuma and his controversies. He is letting down the country big time.

Nov 28, 2012 12:20 | 0 replies

Shame. The days when Zulu kings ran around dressed in skins and waving a spear and the only way you could get anywhere was to devote your life to the king lest you get murdered, have long passed. Now, in the modern world, people rely on intellect to get ahead in society. I just thought you may want to know that.

Nov 28, 2012 12:36 | 0 replies

So you support someone who clearly stands for corruption? Mma Mbeki I sincerely do hope that you were being misquoted cause nje I will respect for you for supporting super corrupt man for presidency. Moeletsi please speak sense to your mother before she jeopordise the good Mbeki name.

Nov 28, 2012 12:41 | 0 replies