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Mbeki hits out at US for claiming to fight for human rights

In his latest newsletter, Mbeki speaks out against the US and its fight for human rights and Sani Abacha.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Facebook.
Nelson Mandela,Thabo Mbeki
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Thabo Mbeki has appeared to hit out at the United States (US), saying it claims it’s fighting for human rights in other countries, when it’s actually trying to further its geo-political aims.

In his latest newsletter, he says Nelson Mandela was lied to by Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha before quoting Henry Kissinger, and then saying he and his allies were criticised only because “they opposed a pernicious global diktat”.

The former president starts his letter by explaining how Abacha lied to him and Mandela by saying he wouldn’t allow Ken Saro-Wiwa to be executed, only to turn around and have him hanged.

He then quotes from former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger saying he’s written that the [Ronald] Reagan administration used the issue of human rights, not because they believed in the idea, but because they wanted to weaken the Soviet Union.

Mbeki also says he’s never heard those who accuse him of betraying human rights in Zimbabwe make the same accusation against those who invaded Iraq in 2003.

He ends his letter by saying he and his allies have only been accused of betraying human rights, because “we opposed the pernicious global diktat of those who, in their interest, see themselves and act as the universal benevolent hegemon.”                            

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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