Those who criticise Thabo Mbeki's leadership cannot deny the fact that he was good as president of the country. His enormous influence in Africa and overseas can also not be wished away.
We sometimes do not see how good our colleagues or partners are - until we lose them. Mbeki might have been a bad party leader, but he was good for the country regardless of his leadership style. True leadership does not mean the absence of weakness.
Sometimes good leaders have no time for petty friendships. Such leaders have goals and missions to accomplish and they concentrate on achieving the end result. These kind of leaders often achieve their mission in the end, despite the fact that most of their team members complain and are angry.
South Africa does not need a leader who when given a task forgets about the mission and the goal of the country and concentrates on dancing and trying to please everyone all over the country at the expense of the task at hand.
It is important that whoever becomes the new president is aware that sometimes he or she will be required to fire non-performing or corrupt officials. The problem with the ruling party is that corrupt people who were disciplined or fired find it easy to recycle themselves into the party's gullible populist membership to settle scores.
Mothokgo Lehulabele Jane Furse