Thabo Mbeki's resignation speech

Thabo Mbeki
22 September 2008

Address to the nation by the South African president September 21 2008

Fellow South Africans,

I have no doubt that you are aware of the announcement made yesterday by the National Executive Committee of the ANC with regard to the position of the President of the Republic.

Accordingly, I would like to take this opportunity to inform the nation that today I handed a letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Honourable Baleka Mbete, to tender my resignation from the high position of President of the Republic of South Africa, effective from the day that will be determined by the National Assembly.

I have been a loyal member of the African National Congress for 52 years. I remain a member of the ANC and therefore respect its decisions. It is for this reason that I have taken the decision to resign as President of the Republic, following the decision of the National Executive Committee of the ANC.

I would like sincerely to thank the nation and the ANC for having given me the opportunity to serve in public office during the last 14 years as the Deputy President and President of South Africa.

This service has at all times been based on the vision, the principles and values that have guided the ANC as it prosecuted a difficult and dangerous struggle in the decades before the attainment of our freedom in 1994.
Among other things, the vision, principles and values of the ANC teach the cadres of this movement life-long lessons that inform us that wherever we are and whatever we do we should ensure that our actions contribute to the attainment of a free and just society, the upliftment of all our people, and the development of a South Africa that belongs to all who live in it.

This is the vision of a South Africa that is democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous; a country in which all the people enjoy a better life.

Indeed the work we have done in pursuit of the vision and principles of our liberation movement has at all times been based on the age-old values of Ubuntu, of selflessness, sacrifice and service in a manner that ensures that the interests of the people take precedence over our desires as individuals.

I truly believe that the governments in which I have been privileged to serve have acted and worked in the true spirit of these important values.

Based on the values of Ubuntu, the significance of which we learnt at the feet of such giants of our struggle as Chief Albert Luthuli, OR Tambo, Nelson Mandela and others, we as government, embarked, from 1994, on policies and programmes directed at pulling the people of South Africa out of the morass of poverty and ensuring that we build a stable, developed and prosperous country.

Accordingly, among many things we did, we transformed our economy, resulting in the longest sustained period of economic growth in the history of our country; we introduced an indigent policy that reaches large numbers of those in need; we made the necessary advances so as to bring about a developmental state, the better to respond to the many and varied challenges of the transformation of our country.

This is, of course not the occasion to record the achievements of government. An additional critical few are however worth mentioning. They include our achievements with regard to many of the Millennium Development Goals, the empowerment of women, the decision to allow us to host the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup and our election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council two years ago.

Despite the economic advances we have made, I would be the first to say that even as we ensured consistent economic growth, the fruits of these positive results are still to be fully and equitably shared among our people, hence the abject poverty we still find coexisting side by side with extraordinary opulence.

Importantly, we had an obligation to ensure that democracy becomes the permanent feature of our lives and that all our citizens respect the rule of law and human rights. This is one of the cornerstones of our democracy, which we have consistently striven to protect and never to compromise.

We have also worked continuously to combat the twin challenges of crime and corruption, to ensure that all our people live in conditions of safety and security. We must admit that we are still faced with many challenges in this regard.

Work will therefore have to continue to strengthen and improve the functioning of our criminal justice system, to provide the necessary resources for this purpose, to activate the masses of our people to join the fight against crime and corruption, and to achieve new victories in the struggle for moral regeneration.

With regard to the latter, our successive governments from 1994 to date have worked consistently to encourage the entrenchment in our country of a value system whose observance would make all of us Proudly South African, a value system informed by the precept of Ubuntu - umuntu ngumuntu ngabanye. Among other things this means that we must all act in a manner that respects the dignity of every human being.

We have sought to advance this vision precisely because we understood that we would fail in the struggle to achieve the national and social cohesion that our country needs, as well as the national unity we require to enable us to act together to address the major challenges we face.

Fellow South Africans,

Since the attainment of our freedom in 1994, we have acted consistently to respect and defend the independence of the judiciary. For this reason our successive governments have honoured all judicial decisions, including those that went against the Executive. This did not mean that the Executive did not at times have strong views which we would have publicly pronounced upon. The central approach we adopted has always been to defend the judiciary rather than act in a manner that would have had a negative impact on its work.

Indeed, on the infrequent instances when we have publicly expressed views contrary to those of the judiciary, we have done so mindful of the need to protect its integrity.

Consistent with this practice, I would like to restate the position of Cabinet on the inferences made by the Honourable Judge Chris Nicholson that the President and Cabinet have interfered in the work the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Again I would like to state this categorically that we have never done this, and therefore never compromised the right of the National Prosecuting Authority to decide whom it wished to prosecute or not to prosecute.

This applies equally to the painful matter relating to the court proceedings against the President of the ANC, Comrade Jacob Zuma.

More generally, I would like to assure the nation that our successive governments since 1994 have never acted in any manner intended wilfully to violate the Constitution and the law. We have always sought to respect the solemn Oath of Office each one of us made in front of the Chief Justice and other judges, and have always been conscious of the fact that the legal order that governs our country was achieved through the sacrifices made by countless numbers of our people, which included death.

In this context it is most unfortunate that gratuitous suggestions have been made seeking to impugn the integrity of those of us who have been privileged to serve in our country's National Executive.


Again, as you know, we have often pointed to the fact that our liberation movement has always been pan-African in its outlook and therefore that we have an obligation to contribute to the renaissance of the African continent.

All of us are aware of the huge and daunting challenges that face our continent. In the short years since our freedom, as South Africans we have done what we could to make our humble contribution to the regeneration of our continent.

We have devoted time and resources to the task of achieving the Renaissance of Africa because this is what has informed generations of our liberators, even before the ANC was formed in 1912. We have done this fully understanding that our country shares a common destiny with the rest of our Continent.

I therefore thank the many dedicated compatriots - men and women - who have made it possible for us to contribute to the resolution of conflicts and the strengthening of democracy in a number of countries including the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Comoros, Zimbabwe, Sudan and elsewhere. We have also done this work conscious of our responsibilities as a State Member of both SADC and the African Union.

I would like to thank my colleagues, the many Heads of State and Government on the African continent whose abiding vision is that Africa must be free; that all our countries, individually and collectively should become democratic, developed and prosperous, and that Africa must unite. These African patriots know as I do that Africa and Africans will not and must not be the wretched of the earth in perpetuity.

Similarly we have worked to contribute to the achievement of the aspirations of the countries and peoples of the South, conscious of the need for us to act in solidarity and in unity with the billions with whom we share the common challenge to defeat poverty and underdevelopment.

Accordingly, I depart the Office of President of South Africa knowing that this country has many men and women who have dedicated their lives to ensure that South Africa, Africa and the countries of the South will, in time, manage to ensure a better world for all of humanity.

I depart this Office conscious that the sterling work done by the Presidency, the Ministries and departments, the provinces and local government structures will continue, driven by the determination to achieve the goal of a better life for all.

I am convinced that the incoming administration will better the work done during the past 14-and-half years so that poverty, underdevelopment, unemployment, illiteracy, challenges of health, crime and corruption will cease to define the lives of many of our people.

I have received many messages from South Africans, from all walks of life, through e-mails, telephonically and through cell phone text messages as well as those conveyed through my colleagues. I thank all of you, fellow South Africans, for these messages.

To everyone, and responding to these messages, I would like to say that gloom and despondency have never defeated adversity. Trying times need courage and resilience. Our strength as a people is not tested during the best of times. As we said before, we should never become despondent because the weather is bad nor should we turn triumphalist because the sun shines.

For South Africa to succeed there is more work to be done and I trust that we will continue to strive to act in unity to accelerate the advance towards the achievement of our shared national goals.

In this regard, it may be worth repeating what I said during the inauguration of the President of the Republic in 1999. Using the metaphor of the Comrades Marathon, I said then that:

"Those who complete the course will do so only because they do not, as fatigue sets in, convince themselves that the road ahead is still too long, the inclines too steep, the loneliness impossible to bear and the prize itself of doubtful value."

Once more, I thank you most sincerely for affording me the opportunity to serve you and to serve the people of Africa.

Thank you, Ngiyathokoza, Ke ya Lebogang, Ndo livhuwa, Ndiyabulela, Ndza khensa, Baie dankie, Ngiyabonga

Issued by The Presidency September 21 2008



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Thabo's Past and Future ...
History will NOT absolve you, Thabo Mbeki ! Yes, you will have to pay for your Crimes Against the Southern African Peoples one day ... we have long memories and will NEVER forget your decade-long mis-rule and prevarications, denials, evasions, yes, lies . .more

by Dr Selim Yusef Gool on September 22 2008, 07:46
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Who is next- Thabo Mbeki
It is not the what but the how.
We all new that Thabo Mbeki was leaving after his term.
it is clear that the decisions of the ANC are based on ensuring thta Zuma does not go to Jail.
Whio is next?
We have learnt that in the ANC there . .more

by NTB MORE on September 22 2008, 08:21
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Mbeki's resignation
Not happy about your resignation. The entire South Africans will remember you for your loyal and excellent leadership. The country will never find a President of your calibre.

Best regards


by KPM on September 22 2008, 08:34
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Resignation Of Mbeki
The ANC thinks that the divsion within its own party will heal, i don't think so, this is the begining, of more back-stabbing and lies that will carry on in the ANC.

By the way where is JZ???

by Suraya on September 22 2008, 08:38
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Thabo Mbekis ,Resignation
It was the best and it was the worst times it was times like this that were being seen by Charles Dickson. We will never forget you Mvuyelwa in any strugle be it life itself there is always change sometimes change is not an easy thing to do but you . .more

by Luntu Mampana on September 22 2008, 09:34
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Mr Mbekis resignation is simply unfortunate, he is only a pawn in a much bigger game that he will never tell you about, moving him out of the way is simply a maneuver on the part of the people who pull his strings so that he is no longer a hindrance to . .more

by MDP on September 22 2008, 09:36
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nice prompt resignation
why doesn't mad bob follow suit?

by jaxon browne on September 22 2008, 09:55
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President Thabo Mbeki resignation
It is unfortunate that someone who served the country with faithfulness and never been accused of any crime is removed from a high position by someone who is facing crimal charges........


by Lwando Runeyi on September 22 2008, 10:12
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Sad Time
Your resignation although unfortunate and very sad comes as an expected reaction from an Honorable man indeed, your resignation was humble and shows true charactor. You have served your people to the best of your ability and whomever will be apointed to . .more

by MMM on September 22 2008, 10:18
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Thabo mbeki's resignation
Thabo has been the one who has managed to put this country on the world map. His deeds will never be forgotten; His works will never perish and those who think he will be forgotten history will judge them. We all believe and know that, it is not becuase . .more

by Kenny on September 22 2008, 10:19
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Mr Mbeki's resignation address to the nation.
So Mr Mbeki tells us once again he did not interfere with the business of the NPA. What about firing Vusi Pikoli to prevent the arrest of Jackie Selebi? It seems Mr Mbeki believes in the philosophy of Goebels: The bigger the lie the more it will be . .more

by Alastair on September 22 2008, 10:59
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Presidents's resignation
After all is said and done i just want to say Mr. Mbheki your resignation speech did not only convey compassion but it showed South Africans that you led this country not only with true leadership but with your heart as well. Thank you for that and you . .more

by Nosipho on September 22 2008, 11:31
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Thabo mbeki's resignation
Malema you should learn the lesson from Mbeki because you are now becoming big headed, I wish that the ANC should stop running for people heads and focus on the delivery of service.Mbeki you are very wise is better to remain silent and appear a fool, than . .more

by MOKITLE JT on September 22 2008, 11:47
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Mvuyelwa's Last Speech
What a president what a gentleman, who in the adoption of the Constituion of Bill, 1996, as deputy president once said I AM AN AFRICAN the speech that will always respesent of Ubuntu. Cde Mbeki u have reach the longest yard, u have been servent of the . .more

by T Hlatsi on September 22 2008, 11:50
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Mbeki's resignation
It is sad to note that President Mbeki was forced out of Office knowing full well that elections are around the corner. This highlights a key issue that there are strong divisions within the ANC elite. I would hope the other political parties would . .more

by Strini Pillay on September 22 2008, 12:06
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A true leader Bows
I as a young person really find it very disturbing that the ANCYL has so much power over the state, it was only a few months left, what was it that was so bad that he couldn't rule for the next couple of months, what is really being hidden, many of us . .more

by Otsile on September 22 2008, 12:07
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mr mbeki
i have tromendours love for jz but what happened yesterday is shocking, he has created a platform for economic growth for young people's view to be considered and that is the thanks the youth league give him [mbeki] some might say you give me poison i . .more

by sechaba on September 22 2008, 12:24
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You always pass failure on the way to success
I am a follower of great leaders in their different walks of life. I have followed your leadership ever since i was mature enough to fully assess politics and their impact in our lives. Sir, you have been an outstanding president to this country and a . .more

by Thulani SJ M on September 22 2008, 13:40
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Why all the fuss?
It is not often that the in-fighting of a gang reaches global headlines, but I suppose a parliamentary gang deserves the exception!
Money, the root of all evil, has split the Alien C right down the middle:
It's now a case of those that blew . .more

by Kux on September 22 2008, 13:47
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ANC and it decision
What is currently happening in S.A politics is what I can call a turning point of how the world should view South Africans. We as S.A citizens exercise our rights in our democratic state. We must make history at all times and progress in life. Such . .more

by Kubheka Khangelani on September 22 2008, 14:20
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no comment
Sizakuzi, bona izipili zinintsi

by Inga on September 22 2008, 14:21
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Zuma is going to kill us all!
The world is coming to an end!

by Onelisa on September 22 2008, 14:22
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No,no, no!
uzakuyitya imali-He is going to eat the money.

by Thandokazi on September 22 2008, 14:24
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Mbeki's resignation
This was long over due because Mbeki was no longer representing the majority of our people.He was always in and out of the country.He never said anything when all South Africans where on strike about salary increase.He was no where to be found when people . .more

by selokela M.A on September 22 2008, 14:30
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My president
Jacob Zuma is not my president!

Mbeki will live in my memory, as the man who gave it one hell of a good shot!
The ANC should be recalled at this point to step downas the leading party, to make way for fresh blood. This government is now . .more

by Alistair on September 22 2008, 14:41
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this was truly ashock to me, we have lost a great thinker, a philosopher, a leader with dignity and respect, the man who put africa on the map, who have shown stabilityu and gret admiration , thank you Mr Mbeki, go well u a loved by many S africans.

by kenanao on September 22 2008, 14:49
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Calling on Zuma to bow out
Criminal president of the ANC JZ vs. a charismatic Mbeki that led the country to stable economic growth, in times when "great" nations such as the USA's economies are in a dire collapse. A president that selflessly served the country and the rest of . .more

by Landi on September 22 2008, 15:07
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U are my Hero

Some may say nasty things about you, lets say u have done all in ur power to make us proud, u have done this country and other coutries a good job. Mr Thabo Mbeki we will always miss you,remember to most of us you served as role model. Ur interest . .more

by Tsepo Dlamini on September 22 2008, 15:11
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Mbeki...your legacy lives on
You have made us all proud by your humility, dgnity and love for fellow Africans. Even as you you bow out, we take courage in knowing that "nothing can ever hold a good man down" so your legacy lives on. fare thee well beloved son of the soil. we love you . .more

by cathy on September 22 2008, 15:32
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mbeki? im not so much a fan
He prepostourously publicly claimed that HIV does not have any possibilty of causing AIDS

by lo on September 22 2008, 15:33
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what a president you were
I dont like the latest news within the ANC. I hope that the decision they have taken is the best for the nation. Now that they have taken down mr. mbeki I hope there will be no more conflict within the ruling party. The strength and focus that the ANC . .more

by Mafeka on September 22 2008, 15:34
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Mbeki my dear President
Thabo served South Africa very well and this is evidenced by his sustained rise in the economic growth of the country.Mbeki not only represented South Africa but also the rest of Africa.All the best and thank you for the numerous things you have done to . .more

by Patience on September 22 2008, 15:35
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you are the only best president for our country
ANC without a person like you mr Mbeki is nothing, so all i can say is if i was one of those stupids who are in positions now in the ANC, i would change my decision of not making you not to be the president of this country for the third time, because . .more

by zuks on September 22 2008, 16:03
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by MJ PHINITHI on September 22 2008, 16:03
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Mbheki is a men
I am not an ANC member but I can confidently say that President Thabo Mbheki was a good men. He is a good thinker and resolver who put things in good conditions to all people. But let us wait and see how South Africa is gona be.

by Simukele on September 22 2008, 16:15
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Honourable Thabo Mbeki
Thabo Mbeki served the country with respect and dignity and not only South Africa but the rest of the Continent. People complain that he was never around for his country..... especially when he was in Zimbabwe.... forgetting that he was trying to . .more

by Andrica on September 22 2008, 16:21
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its all part of a conspiracy
indeed Mr. mbeki you will be missed, you have served as to the bestof your abilities, with character and integrity. we had ups and downs, but the country achieved alot under your rule. just look at how far we have come since 1994.

with that . .more

by a2k on September 22 2008, 16:33
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What a blind decision
Africa is now in a map because of Mr President,Thabo Mbeki.Economist by proffession,a politician and a husband to his wife.Woman are being respected because of him and SA now has many woman in power because he wanted to share.The rand today is low in one . .more

by Mandy Mlilo. on September 22 2008, 16:49
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hopeless times
i am not in SA but it will always be my home. I feel like crying. Simply hearing such news is depressing for anyone who has had even an inkling of hope in their hearts that SA will become a home again....we knew all the time he would do something, just . .more

by sheethal singh on September 22 2008, 17:07
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cheer up
It is tough times that test the genuiness of faith and produce the quality of faith needed to withstand and outstand them! This is not time for Afica to despair, rather it is an opportunity for the African continent to stand as one and wake up to the . .more

by Tsepang on September 22 2008, 17:40
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comment on thabo mbeki resining
thabo mbeki your resination is such a blessing to all south africa may be you should go to zimbabwe at list to release stress as the most lovely country of yours enjoy your package

by zinhle ngubane at university of zululand on September 22 2008, 18:08
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Siyabulela Dlamini
u have served this beautiful country and continent with great wisdom, dignity, selflessness and passion.the economy is what it is because of your work.the women of this nation have a voice because of you.thank you for the reasonable stability in the . .more

by Thembelani (T.I.N) on September 22 2008, 18:15
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mbeki's resignation
Im astonished to see what our south african jurisdiction has come to.
im also disapointed to know that we as south africans do not favor justice but favouritism instead. its embarassing to our country and our people. the sad part is the outcome of . .more

by katlego kotjomela on September 22 2008, 18:41
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Its for the best
The is only 1 Anc and the Anc is the ruling party and let us not meddle with the practices of the Anc.
All opposition parthes have their policies and nobody is questioning them.

thabos departure is 4 d best

by Mtumbuzi on September 22 2008, 21:13
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Mbeki's resignation
South Africa was ever improving economically, but what about the other measurables, i.e. high Crime rate, poor health services, poor service delivery, etc. I think for the next leader to proclaim success they need to fullfill the named measurables. We are . .more

by Thomas Mahlangu on September 22 2008, 21:34
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An eye for an eye
If u live by an axe u die by an axe

mbeki u axed jz in a heartbeat..

its high time u had a taste of your own medicine.

the poeple have spoken and everybody knows that thabo's support base started to decline from the day he . .more

by Maphinda on September 22 2008, 22:30
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Mr Mbeki served his term well, I dont no about Zuma, but have faith in ANC as a structure, And faith as well in the Giants who built it, I know that they will not just sit back and let it be destroyed by ANCYL,

by Lemogang on September 22 2008, 23:22
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You are the greatest
I am an ordinary south african citizien what you have done for this country is only Great and especially when your vision of African Unite was almost fulfilled. U are a man of hounor and dignity (that say a lot of Mr. and Mrs Mbeki's up bringing) Your . .more

by Tano on September 23 2008, 12:41
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Julius; Zuma; Phosa; Duarte and Mantashe you guys must remember what goes around comes around. Basically what I am trying to say is there will be fresh blood, like Julius in future that will do the same to you.

Thabo should start his own party.

by Shaun on September 23 2008, 13:11
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I have no doubt that Thabo Mbeki is a great African leader. if it were not so, we would have Cassius and Brutus as great Roman leaders. By the way, it was in September 22, 1828 that Shaka's two brothers and friend decided to kill him for almost the same . .more

by mandla on September 23 2008, 13:52
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Revised - You always pass failure on the way to success
I am a follower of great leaders in their different walks of life. I have followed your leadership ever since i was mature enough to fully assess politics and their impact in our lives. Sir, you have been an outstanding president to this country and a . .more

by TSJM on September 23 2008, 14:21
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What happened this weekend is a shame, sad

by Above on September 23 2008, 15:27
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Zuma's failure
After the ANC's national conference held in polokwane late 2007, it was clear to all South Africans that the elected president of the ANC combrade Jacob Zuma has a major task, role, assignment, part to play in bridging the gaps within the ANC. When the . .more

by Gqadushe LP on September 23 2008, 15:39
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Maybe SADC or ZIM have a position for Mbeki
Zuma has the ability to steer our beloved country to even better economic heights and he will do so. I know that and believe that and the millions of south africans who dedicated the past two years fighting for zumas rights.

south africa we . .more

by Maphinda Zulu, pmburg on September 23 2008, 17:37
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What our president and other ministers did is honourable. That is going to sustain their respect and pride of serving their fellow country men. ANC's politics has lost focus, it has changed to a stubborn seek for power hunger and that is one of the mamoth . .more

by Mbesuma @ north-west university on September 23 2008, 20:39
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Presidents resignation
The decisions made by NEC must be correct and just ,for as the poeple of South Africa put our trust in them to represent us.I hope the decision they have made (which i truly respect) was not driven by foolish or selfish interests or pursuit of gain, . .more

by Dumisani faku on September 23 2008, 21:01
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The best AFrican leader

President Mbeki was the best African leader; it is a shame to see how Africans do not appreciate intellectuals.

You are my best president and may God bless you.

Susan from Rwanda

by Susan on September 24 2008, 07:48
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comment on DLAMINI'S resignation

by sangzz plaatjie on September 24 2008, 12:25
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A graceful exit, and inspiration to us all
As a British citizen of South African decent now living and working in South Africa for the first time, my close to two years has shown me a country of both hope and promise. And even whilst there will always be setbacks and challenges, no other nation in . .more

by Lundi Kumalo on September 24 2008, 16:16
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well spoken resignation speech
im only fifteen,and i must say that you did all you could to serve our country and i am sure that many citizens appreciated it all!...im quite sad about your resignation.Your speech gave me some courage and yes UMTU,NGUMTU,NGABANTU!...

by amanda matutu on September 24 2008, 17:39
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you are indeed an African
It would be so unethical of me not to take this particular moment to thank you for all the work you have done for the Africans at large. Of course these are the dark days for you and some of your ANC combrades deserting you, tell you what it is not . .more

by Gqadushe LP on September 25 2008, 18:11
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Farewell my President
This are the times we should unite as South Africans. Regardless of some of President Thabo Mbeki's flaws he has given SA a direction to experience good economic growth and refurbishing the presidency, etc Thank you for your commitment.

by Sedzani on September 26 2008, 14:42
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the good shall overcome the evil
I just want to bid fairwell to our president despite all the mumurs in the streets. I really dont know where our country (yet to be led by the blind) is headed for. He may have not been the best but the fact remains, he made a mark worth to remember. He . .more

by senzo on September 28 2008, 13:00
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well let me just say that i think this is just a big selfish scheme against SOUTH AFRICANS! Uncle Thabo is a good man with a few faults and never really did wrong to the ppl of south afica! and Uncle Jacob is a big blue A** fly that wants to get a easy . .more

by S Hassen on September 29 2008, 12:08
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No leader alive that can take ur place
You were powerful beyond measures you lived the dream of NKWAME NKRUME. But it it clear that all those who believe in AFRICAN RENAUSSANCE will not make it in AFRICA irespective of what character or intellectual they are but the fact this continent is just . .more

by Zibule B on September 30 2008, 15:51
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by SONWABO SOPITSHI on September 30 2008, 15:57
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by THEMBA on October 02 2008, 19:32
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president mbeki's resignation
everything have got its own time .there is no way that you were going to prevaricate that itinerary even though you accomplished a plethora of tusk during you term.

by cena j on October 05 2008, 14:13
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president mbeki resignation

by skhumbuzo msezane on October 10 2008, 10:25
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Bless you Thabo Mbeki
you are the greatest leader i have ever had before, let go of the criticisms that were full of negativity, biased and not considerate and thankfull of the good work you have done in this country. people do not realised the relationships you nhave . .more

by The Cherubic Prince: Dr Leaw on October 17 2008, 16:18
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mbeki resignation
while thabo mbeki may have done a fine job in establishing the longest uninterrupted growth trajectory in the history of our country, the average black south african was a less than 3% shareholders of SA Inc. In other words, the other 97% black brothers . .more

by mpumi malangabi on December 08 2008, 06:48
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Former President
I truely believe that Sout Africa was and is still not ready for a president with so much vision and passion not only the South African people but for the rest of Africa too. That is the biggest disappointment of all.

by Lerato Ditsebe on June 11 2009, 14:39
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Thabo mbeki's risignation
You have been the best at what you were elected to do Thabo and we will miss the great job you did together with Nelson Mandela.....You and Mandela you were the great presidents ever guys.

by Phoka hlatsi sr on September 06 2009, 00:26
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one year since former president thabo mbeki left office.
We still salute the contobution you made to liberate i country, and sincerely missed you.We can still read his speeches on internet and in books.You was the best president the country ever haded.Have a great retirement.I am a african.

by elwin williams on September 24 2009, 10:51
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MBEKI was a gud leader of this country and he will be missed by thozse who knows what presidency is all about except ofcose those who are after worlth, who forces the true hero of the nation out of his office and turn it to a cell of a man who should have . .more

by BIG FISH [jack] on October 13 2009, 17:44
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This stupid reason that MBEKI was replaced because he had no time for his country he spent a lot of time outside south africa is usesles because where ever he was he was there because of his multi task job that was valuable worldwide. the reason why ZUMA . .more

by BIG FISH [JACK] on October 13 2009, 17:59
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My African Hero!
We will always remember how good you were,farewell my President

by Moses Sekgabi on October 15 2009, 17:42
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Thabo Mbeki
I was always proud to call Him My President and never got disappointed nor embarrassed... I don't want any association with the clown leading My Country at the moment. As a nation...we lost out!

by Mr Q. on February 20 2010, 20:56
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I AS youth declar dt ZUMA ke stupid person nt my eva president in SA myb in KZN ga gabo ke KING. i LOST mr MBEKI bcuz of co-ZUMAS,nw they dnt knw hw2 run de govamnt with their HEAVY POCKETS. DEY A CORUPT,SELFISH,NEPOTIST,RACIST N FOOOOOLS..DESPITE EVERTHN . .more

by PONCHI on March 23 2010, 23:27
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by TEBZA on March 23 2010, 23:31
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Populist vs Interlactual
our dear Populist somehow thinks its easy to balance running around the offices of local gov and planning for the future of a country and the most powerful organisation like ANC. pls let us see glimpses of your brain, even if it means borrowing ideas to . .more

by Mr. opinion on July 18 2010, 10:17
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U are missed

Its a good thing that you were recalled, you were a digninfied, honourable man. You were an intellect...the Country was not ready for such brains. The current ANC is run by thugs, drug lords and criminals. You would have not fiited . .more

by T.Mekgwe on September 01 2010, 16:34
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resignition of Thabo
This was indeed a sad time to see a good man being mocked like this by people he served for 52 years of his life.By the way you where the best leader ever in this country and many who betrayed you won't live longer than and your success will speak for . .more

by Keakae on October 22 2010, 01:24
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Viva Afrika!
It takes an intellect to see an intellect, i am not surprised by all this but i know for a fact that all those who cant see the good in TM's work its very likely that the work itself is of high std that they can't comprehend.
it is for that reason . .more

by Sivuyile Gwija on November 10 2010, 16:05
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South African loss
we have lost so much in you Mr Mbeki, it is going to be difficult indeed to ever find a president of your calibre and intelligence, i wonder what the ANC will be without you but theyl miss you when the time comes

by simthandile on February 16 2011, 16:07
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we need zanele magwaza for n f p now.zuma has failed the nation,we dont need him now.

by hendry on April 05 2011, 16:50
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Your speeches and lectures
Our Dear President, two years down the line my father and I have never got over you and by the look of things never will. Missed your insightful and thought proviking speeches. We were not ready for you. History will treat you kindly. Enjoy your . .more

by Diliza Memela on April 13 2011, 22:35
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Ngxa tsho ke Zizi
I shall always respect you former president,you have shown discipline in times where people expected you to deviate from your party,indeed you were elected by the african national congress and it has asked you to step down and you respect it's . .more

by tesh on May 09 2011, 16:47
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Your speeches
I will always remember how good you were,Mr President

by nomfusi soboyisi on July 01 2011, 10:04
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Much respect
You will always be my President

by Mavukuvuku on August 03 2011, 09:31
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by SAMMY on September 22 2011, 09:27
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we now paying the price
the will no one other than u big guy

by nathi on November 14 2011, 15:37
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farewell comrade
you were highly respected by hte public and the rest of the world your intrelligency, sense of humour will really be missed by all, above all you are the inspration and we've learned a lot from you comrade Mbeki

by patrick on December 09 2011, 04:42
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best leader ever
the is no dout that, we were from slavery to deliverance, hope but unfotunatly to hell. its`so painful

by vuyo on January 17 2012, 03:46
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inspirational leader
look at the cracks in ANC now .....this is what happens when u elect populist as leaders

by phistus on May 19 2012, 18:18
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Good leader for ever
But the truth will come out, the ANC leadership need to apologys in public for what happened otherwise there will be no peace and unity in the party for ever. It was unfair and disrespectfull the way in which they handled Mr Mbeki's issue.

by Thandisile on May 25 2012, 13:58
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Most of the comments mock Mr Mbeki's presidency nd speech... Come on ppl we all make mistakes and y nt 4gv Mr Mbeki he too is a human being... Look now the country is a laughing stock... The current president is no better... Bt its jur loose ju made us . .more

by Charmaine on June 11 2012, 08:27
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we miss you cdr thabo, an intellectual, and your quality leadership although at some point you were stubborn but you remain a good leader

by luki on June 18 2012, 14:31
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Truly intellectual and inspirational leader of all times
Your true leadership has never gone unnoticed and we are all aware that you have been removed from the office as a compromise for the ambitions of corrupt leaders within the ranks of ANC. You ll always be a leader proud to have during our live . .more

by Sepadi Thimothy Nkadimeng on August 06 2012, 08:20
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Thinking of you Mbeki
Baphi namhlanje who were ploting against you balwa bodwa ill miss your leadership bayeke bazibondele umqa wabo Zuma didnt know that this day was also coming for him.

by Portia on September 11 2012, 16:11
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Re- invitation of the hero
President since you left us the country goes no where. Pls come back you will remain our hero.

by Paul Mafuks on September 18 2012, 12:04
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belove president Thabo Mbeki
today I so sory for those who were fought to former president Thabo Mbeki, I would like to ask 1 question, how do you fell about South Africa today? what was the mission of removing Thabo Mbeki? fellow South African allow me to say. we will never get a . .more

by happy Spani on October 31 2012, 10:52
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Bab'uMbeki uyichawe lamachawe.
Bab'uMbeki uyichawe lamachawe!
Uyinkunzi ebhodla emazweni.
Uyinkunzi eziyihlayo, zihlabela emadlelweni.
Uyinkunzi edla yodwa emngceleni.
Uyisihlabani esahlabana kwanyakaza umhlaba wonke.
Hhayi! Ngiyakwesaba Mbeki.

Noma . .more

by Luka on February 13 2013, 08:04
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national executive floppps
we as a member of anc youth league,we r vry shocked abt the resign of cde thabo
mbeki as a state president.t mbeki contribute towards to our economy and makes some improvement in socio economic issues

by malange cedric on March 06 2013, 17:04
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I miss former president Thabo Mbeki
South Africa has lost a true leader in Mbeki its unfortunate that we could not go back and reverse our decisions, we have to continue living of our mistakes of yesterday. His resignation speech serve as a witness to the loss our country and the ANC. This . .more

by Xolani Lephoko on May 08 2013, 17:01
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A true leader
Mbeki, Sir, you are a true leader. Long live Mbeki long live! We miss you as the country's leader.

by GK on May 17 2013, 12:19
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A review
I always seek answers in this speech everytime President Zuma fails us as a nation.

this is a place of comfort.

Thabo Mbeki was a sober leader of all times

by Sechaba Ramotse on June 14 2013, 09:46
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Thabo Mbeki's resignation
I always go back every year and reflect what my president has said in his speech.

You were on Power FM not so long ago i didnt believe when i told my friends that in Modise's show they will be a legend everybody went crazy

You still . .more

by Banele Mxaku on June 28 2013, 11:13
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thabo mbeki resignation
When I reflect back at the years gone by since ur resignation ,we all agree that south africa is in crisis economical ,socially n politically. Mbeki will remain the best n ever president who have made great changes economically .this nation still need him . .more

by tiyiselani macebele on July 19 2013, 23:56
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man of intergrity
What a gentleman,leader, with a character, many they realize now the mistake they made buy taking you out.even now you are not relaxing,instead working to better Africa indeed you are an African.

by CASTRO on October 29 2013, 11:06
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south africa economy
since thabo mvuyelwa mbeki resign as a state president due to the conflict in the party African national congress(anc).our economy tend down,when we check the price of commodities,ar alwayz increasing e.g fuels ''which lead an increase in food e.t.c.and . .more

by matodzi @mmcedric malange malingela on November 01 2013, 21:36
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Mr Thabo Mbeki- Legend
I was reduced to tears on that day, I was only 20 years old. Such a tender age, yet understood the great vision you had for Africa as a whole. I look up to you even today, as a young woman. Dignity, charisma, passion, intellect, humility, vision, . .more

by Mankhube Tete on November 06 2013, 02:59
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Crisis faced SA.
Although Mvuyelwa Mbeki at some point u did your mistake, but the fact is u lead the country with your heart. u neva utilised the state amount on building your kraal e.g Nkandla. u respected the fellow South African tax payers. You the best president . .more

by Zuko Nogaga on December 02 2013, 21:38
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people usd 2 be happx and excited abwt zuma expecialy the zulu nation bt luk nw the whole country hates ths president even zulu's nxa ..The wl neva be önother great leader an honest and faithful man lile Nelson mandela and thabo mbeki

by phakamile on December 13 2013, 16:35
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no coment

by poj mn on December 14 2013, 07:10
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Please do not leave the ANC please continue to contribute to build the movement
President Mbeki I almost cried during the 2007 national conference in Polokwane,I almost cried for the movement not for your removal.today it is worst when I read your statements you made at that time which included your resignation speech,your letter to . .more

by Sibandiso Nkuna on December 19 2013, 14:01
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The people of south africa are now more than ever in need of your inteligence and your ability to generate longterm solutions. Your contribution to the ANC and the revolution was greately noticed by the late Dr N Mandela hence he proudly handed over to . .more

by lungisani Ntuli on January 04 2014, 19:11
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by LEMISA EPHRAIM LEHANA on March 18 2014, 09:40
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if u recall the words the forma pres mbeki said on the final at his resignation he wished the new person who will be taken his position the one who Malema wanted to be the next leader, mr mbeki said he is convinced that the incoming administration will . .more

by dddy on April 01 2014, 11:54
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Resignation of my President

by LM. KELEPILE on May 12 2014, 17:47
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Resignation of president Mbeki
We miss you already Mr President. When are you coming back? Things are bad in RSA

by Resignation of president Mbeki on May 21 2014, 15:50
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peoples president
President Thabo Mbeki will always be remembered as a true son of Africa especially his Leadership style which was characterised by intelligence and wisdom. He remain to be one of the best leader amongst leaders Africa has ever produced, both politically . .more

by Lucas Mkahe on October 15 2014, 12:23
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I personally wish that a man like him would emerge in the midst of the hopeless that haunts us day and night for the sake of our children.

by Ntsika on October 23 2014, 14:37
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