The noisy reaction over Mbeki’s leaked letter to Pres. Zuma has taken a different turn. Just when we thought the matter is over, Thabo Mbeki has chosen not to ignore Zuma’s rant.
Mbeki has hit back on Pres. Zuma for lambasting him over the leaked letter while addressing ANC members in Dumbe, KwaZulu-Natal.
During the weekend, Pres. Zuma indirectly took a swipe at Mbeki and some ANC veterans for the letter. He bashed Mbeki for weighing in on ANC challenges from afar, whereas during his time, little was done to address same challenges.
Mbeki maintained that Zuma should have focused on the content of the letter and the message it passed across with “requisite seriousness”, rather than grumbling that it got leaked to the media first before getting to him.
In the early hours of today, Thabo Mbeki Foundation released a statement on the leaked letter. The foundation insisted that the letter was hand-delivered to ANC Gwede Mantashe at Luthuli House, insisting that it must have been leaked by an ANC member.
The foundation also argued that if it was an open letter, the foundation wouldn’t have delivered it at Luthuli House nor hand-delivered it to Mantashe. It remained adamant that the letter was leaked by someone in the ruling party’s camp.
“Regrettably, the letter was subsequently leaked to the media by persons we do not know, which then published it during the morning of November 3. This suggests that the print media would have been in the possession of the letter by November 2,” the Thabo Mbeki Foundation said.
In Mbeki’s letter, he urged Zuma to go back to the drawing back and pick up the values of the ruling party from where he abandoned them. He upheld that Zuma should in his capacity as ANC President listen to the shrill cries of the 101 ANC veterans, who sacrificed a lot for the progress of the party.
Mbeki was referring to Rivonia trialists Ahmed Kathrada and Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg, who vented their spleen at Luthuli House recently.