Moeletsi Mbeki: Zuma's tribute to my brother was a sham

Political commentator Moeletsi Mbeki. Picture: Eyewitness News
President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal as seen on 4 November 2012. It is alleged taxpayers footed the bill for most of the renovations there, amounting to more than R200 million. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki has labelled President Jacob Zuma's recent tribute to his brother Thabo “a sham”.

Zuma gave a memorial lecture in honour of former president Thabo Mbeki in the Eastern Cape on Friday.

His address formed part of the ANC’s centenary series on past presidents.

The honouree did not attend the gathering held at the Sauer Park Stadium in Aliwal North, sparking claims he was snubbing the man he sacked as deputy president.

Moeletsi Mbeki said Zuma’s tribute to his brother on Friday was simply a bid to get support in the Eastern Cape ahead of the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung.

“So Zuma went there to exonerate himself, to say ‘I didn’t do it - the national executive committee did it. I love this man. He was a brilliant leader.'

“Zuma has to know you can fool some people some of the time [but] you can’t fool people all of the time.”


Mbeki said renovations to Zuma’s KwaZulu-Natal homestead were illegal and corrupt.

“My brother was also president of South Africa and I know he took a mortgage to build his house.”

It has been reported that more than R200 million has been spent on renovations to Zuma’s Nkandla home and that taxpayers have already paid for a large majority of costs.

Mbeki does not believe much will change in the country after the ANC’s much-anticipated elective conference in December.