Apologies are in order

An upset ANC Women's League president, Angie Motsekga, put it clearly that the ANC will not apologise to Thabo Mbeki for removing him from office.

An upset ANC Women's League president, Angie Motsekga, put it clearly that the ANC will not apologise to Thabo Mbeki for removing him from office.

A sober ANC would apologise to this man who dedicated 52 years of his life to the ANC and the people of South Africa.

We must applaud Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Pallo Jordan and Zola Skweyiya for defending Mbeki's integrity and wisdom.

Immediately after Judge Chris Nicholson's judgment Jacob Zuma and his political pit bulls led an onslaught on Mbeki. Zuma referred to Mbeki as a "dead snake".

Some intellectuals justified the axing of Mbeki.

In the national executive committee meeting it was reported that Jeff Radebe, Cyril Ramaphosa and Mathews Phosa joined Julius Malema to urge the recalling of Mbeki.

After Mbeki's axing Phosa said: "Mbeki's axing was also a result of his views on HIV-Aids," forgetting that the worst transgressor of ANC policy on HIV-Aids was Zuma himself.

Even rational leaders like Kgalema Motlanthe were outvoted by Zuma's noisy lieutenants.

Now that five judges have set aside Nicholson's judgment, the NEC must apologise to Mbeki and Zuma must retract his unfortunate "dead snake" reference.

Thanks to Mbeki for remaining cool, sober and focused under such humiliating circumstances.

Grace Nyawose, Margate

X