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Thabo Mbeki was 'not party' to any alleged political conspiracy

The allegations relate to the use of state institutions to prevent Jacob Zuma from becoming ANC president.

South African former president, Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – Former President Thabo Mbeki says he was not party to any alleged political conspiracy involving the use of state institutions to prevent his then deputy Jacob Zuma from ascending to the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC). 

In his latest open letter, Mbeki moves to set the record straight by saying Judge Chris Nicholson's finding of a conspiracy against Zuma was described as incomprehensible by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

Mbeki says a perception was created that he had somehow influenced the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prosecute Zuma, and this was used as justification by the South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary and regional leaders of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to discredit him.

The former president says the SCA vindicated his view that he was not party to any political conspiracy against Zuma.

In his latest letter, he quotes the SCA judgment criticising Nicholson for pronouncing on this alleged conspiracy, despite not granting the people implicated in it an opportunity to respond.

Mbeki insists that he never manipulated the NPA for political means.

The former president also quotes apologies from Zwelinzima Vavi and Julius Malema, who said they were misled into believing he was part of a conspiracy.

But he says the people who misled Cosatu and the ANC Youth League at the time have not been named.

A TALE OF POLITICAL CONSPIRACY AND INCOMPREHENSIBLE JUDICIAL IMAGININGSBy Thabo MbekiFebruary 15, 2016On 12...

Posted by Thabo Mbeki on Sunday, 14 February 2016

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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