Former president Thabo Mbeki says there is no national plan to address a number of social ills, including poverty, unemployment, criminality and inequality.
To some extent, he blames President Cyril Ramaphosa, who he says has not delivered on a promise made earlier this year to address the challenges.
“Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, when he delivered the state of the nation address (Sona) in February, said ‘in 100 days there must be an agreed comprehensive social compact to address these matters’. Nothing has happened, nothing,” Mbeki said on Thursday evening.
He was addressing the national memorial service for the late ANC stalwart Jessie Duarte in Johannesburg.
“I am saying to honour the legacy of comrade Jessie, you’ve got to do something about that,” he said.
Duarte, who died after a long battle with cancer, was buried on Sunday. She had been on medical leave from her party position and responsibilities as deputy secretary-general.