Andrew Feinstein's book, After the Party, creates an impression that both Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma are not fit for election at the ANC conference in December.
It would be improper for the ANC to stop Zuma contesting because he has not been found guilty. It will be up to Zuma's conscience as a seasoned cadre to put the interests of his movement and the country first. It would also be wrong to compel Mbeki not to contest because he was chair of the committee that made the final deals for arms procurement. Cabinet appointed the main contractors, which was done within the legal framework.
The problem started with the sub-contracting. In this secondary process people such as Schabir Shaik came in. His brothers were strategically placed in government bureaucracy. Mo Shaik was in Foreign Affairs and Chippy chief procurement officer. Their friend Mac Maharaj was the minister of transport. Realising they were being investigated, Mo Shaik and Mac Maharaj labelled Bulelani Ngcuka a spy. They paid apartheid assassin Gideon Nieuwoudt R40000 to confirm this.
On what basis then must Mbeki be investigated? On what basis must Zuma go down with the president and the ANC? His appeals create an impression that he is hiding something. Is it not time for Zuma to take the nation into his confidence and tell us what he knows about the meeting in Mauritius, the diary and off-shore accounts?
Philip Mhlongo, Newlands West