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Chikane's book on Mbeki opens old ANC wounds: iLIVE

Thabile Mange, by e-mail | 2012-03-15 00:25:30.0

A lot has been written about former president Thabo Mbeki.

The pertinent question is: when is Mbeki, who is regarded as a man of letters, going to write his autobiography? The world is waiting with bated breath to read his autobiography.

The former director general in the presidency, Reverend Frank Chikane, has released a book, Eight Days in September, the removal of Thabo Mbeki.

According to Chikane, the book is an account of events that transpired days before and after Mbeki's removal from office.

There is no doubt that the book is going to sell like hot cakes, if the reviews and interest shown by readers are anything to go by.

Interestingly, Chikane is already writing a second book about Mbeki's policies.

I hold the view that the ANC should have allowed the former president to finish his second term. After all, there were only eight months left for him to finish his term.

Why did the party rush to remove him? Was the move meant to embarrass him?

Mbeki's response on his removal from office was rather mature. He didn't resist, and by doing so, he placed the best interests of the country at heart.

That's commendable.

And he made a great a farewell speech to the nation.

There is no doubt that Chikane's book has forced us back to the days we would rather forget. It's like he's opened up old wounds. But I think it is in the public interest to know exactly what happened at the time.

Chikane doesn't hide his respect and admiration for Mbeki. He sees him as an intellectual and great leader. On the other hand, he portrays the former president as a victim of the Jacob Zuma clique's thirst for his blood.

The book Eight Days in September, the removal of Thabo Mbeki makes an interesting read.

However, the shortcoming of the book is that the author is biased in his writing and sounds like an Mbeki praise singer.


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