Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Friday, February 02, 2007

Mbeki's Legacy
There's a very well-wrtten article by Vicki Robinson and Rapule Tabane in the Mail & Guardian today. It covers Mbeki's legacy, and how some of his current positions (particularly on crime) are in danger of being an overshadowing factor in the positives of his legacy. It's well worth a good Friday read.

It does seem strange. A president so strong on foreign policy, making strange decisions like the human rights vote at the UN Security Council. A president so worried about the growth of Africa, but silent on Mugabe's abuses in Zimbabwe. A president so geared to delivery and action, who is adopting head-in-the-sand approaches to crime. What's happened to Thabo?