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By Sapa | 2014-08-01 09:33:13.0 | COMMENTS [ 24 ]

Former president Thabo Mbeki has suggested that African intelligentsia be brought back into crucial processes, as was the case in the 1960s and 70s, to help with the continent's "pressing strategic" problems.

"I would like to suggest that the African intelligentsia has a critically important role to play. I am suggesting that one of the matters we should discuss... is what should all of us do to help reinsert today's African intelligentsia... into the important processes we have convened to discuss," Mbeki said at a meeting of African leaders in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on Thursday.

"The older among us will remember the period... when the African intelligentsia in our universities throughout Africa made critical and cogent interventions to help define Africa's response to her... issues."

Intelligentsia is a group of intellectuals or highly educated people who guide the political, artistic, or social development of their society.

Mbeki said continental policies were not being implemented by some governments, and part of the problem was a failure to manage diverse societies.

Some governments were not even aware of the existence of these policies, which were binding on all member states of the African Union.

Africa had an extensive set of policy positions which covered issues from politics to economy, war and peace, gender equality, justice, children's rights, education, culture, and international relations.

"I believe that this is very important for us here today because it provides at least a point of entry or even leverage to try to persuade our various countries and regions to implement these continentally-approved policies."

Mbeki said Africa's failure to manage its diverse societies had resulted in persistent social instability, civil war and violent conflicts, exclusion and inequality, a lack of cohesion, and an increased "brain drain".

Africa had various diverse cultures and languages, and success on the continent depended on a common national identity, a shared objective, and proper management of diversity.

"The real challenge we face is seriously and successfully to answer the strategic question -- what interventions should be made, and by whom, to ensure that 'sectional' identities, while they exist as legitimate identities informing the richness of the nation, do not threaten national cohesion and the development of a shared sense of common nationhood?" he asked.

Processes needed to be put in place to make unity attractive.

"All citizens of the nation state, regardless of their 'sectional' identities, should have, and feel that they have, the political possibility to help determine theirs and the destiny of their nation as a whole through inclusive and legitimate processes," said Mbeki.

"All socio-economic development initiatives affecting all elements of human development, especially those initiated, permitted or facilitated by the State, should be organised in such a manner that the resultant material benefits are shared by all citizens across their sectional identities."

He said all government activities should be organised and executed in a manner that confirmed the shared common political citizenship.

Africa continued to rise, its problems persisted, and intelligentsia was needed.

"I say this because I know from my own practical experience that in reality we have a significantly large pool of this intelligentsia, a vital repository of the 'brain power/intellectual resource' we need, which is deeply concerned exactly to help address Africa's pressing strategic challenges," Mbeki said.



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Ah, but the present regime sees "kleva blacks" as a serious threat. There's the rub!

2014-08-01 09:37:58.0 | 0 replies


the "African intelligentsia" has dissapeared and is nowhere to be found. Probably replaced by an entire generation of dependents who cant do anything for themselves.

2014-08-01 09:46:56.0 | 0 replies


LOL@ Mugbeki you dumbshyte. When you stole democracy from Southern Africans by hijacking the Zim Elections you cut the throat of the "intelligentsia" by showing that your black monarchs will stop at nothing to stay in power. You sealed the continent's fate for another generation by that one act of criminality. And then it got worse.

2014-08-01 09:59:16.0 | 2 replies


I agree with you 100%.

2014-08-01 10:47:28.0 | 0 replies


There you have it...The racist pessimist doomsayers are first to comment negatively as usual. Dear racists Mbeki is just embracing Africanism and maybe you should also embrace your Europanism or Austaliasm wherever you come from. I clearly don't see a need for all thing negative bullsh!t talk but at the same time I am reminded that racists and bitter settlers will FOREVER have a problem with good ideas being suggested to Africa and Africans. Europe and Australia is still an option foken haters!

2014-08-01 11:29:16.0 | 1 replies


Uhm.... Who exactly is bringing race into the discussion? I do believe it is you. So who's the racist? Your racism shines bright, sick brother.

2014-08-01 11:43:16.0 | 0 replies


we goimg no way with our current leadership, re buswa ke diphokophoko

2014-08-01 10:01:08.0 | 0 replies


I miss Mbeki :( Didn't always agree with what he said but I sure did like hearing him say it.

2014-08-01 10:09:57.0 | 0 replies


I think that's a great suggestion but we must also expect that Intelligentsia to be blocked by the likes of Zuma and Mantashes.

2014-08-01 10:10:48.0 | 1 replies


Let me point out to you that Mbekabe himself started the rot by keeping R.G. in power when his nation had voted him out. That was the day the ZANC was born.

2014-08-01 10:20:17.0 | 1 replies


Let me point out that the people of Zim would have been massacred if he hadn't negotiated some kind of compromise. Mad Bob has proven that he has no problem with wiping half of the population out if that keeps him in power. He's done it before. I didn't like the 'quiet diplomacy' idea but it would have been more disastrous to have a full blown civil war going on next door

2014-08-01 11:14:16.0 | 1 replies


Yes MC, I think he had to be a leader and think first of the ordinary citizens of Zimbabwe and South Africa. If R.G. was to lose the elections, a civil war was on the way- just imagine how that country would be on top of the current bad state. It would have affected us more than it is now with the illegal immigrants.

2014-08-01 11:28:16.0 | 0 replies


Mbeki.....your intelligence and bookish strategies are ok but of no help as you lack the *Action* concept.a strategy that is not put into action is useless.

2014-08-01 10:13:43.0 | 0 replies


We miss u President Mbeki Today we are stuck with zuma because of malema

2014-08-01 10:29:05.0 | 0 replies


You are right Mbeki but again as long as Zumas,Ramaphosas and Mantashes are at helm, I must say you are just in dreamland because those ones do not want any cleverness in African people

2014-08-01 10:33:28.0 | 0 replies


Already we are hearing Zuma this and Zuma that. Good Lord, kodwa yini?

2014-08-01 10:44:31.0 | 1 replies


So which rock are you living under?

2014-08-01 11:44:19.0 | 0 replies


The ANC doesn't appreciate "cleva" Africans. They are working hard on dumbing down South Africa's people and they are succeeding..

2014-08-01 10:46:47.0 | 0 replies