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Phosa: Mbeki's wisdom should help solve SA’s economic woes

Phosa says Mbeki should be given a platform to make contributions toward resolving SA’s issues.

FILE. Phosa says Mbeki should be given a platform to make contributions toward resolving South Africa's woes and the ruling party should form an elder’s council. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Former African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Mathews Phosa says former President Thabo Mbeki's economic and political wisdom could be of great value in finding solutions to the country's crises.

Phosa says Mbeki should be given a platform to make contributions toward resolving South Africa's woes and the ruling party should form an elder's council.

Last week the former president lashed out at those who accused him of being paranoid, saying he had never made a decision on whether Phosa, Tokyo Sexwale and Cyril Ramaphosa were involved in a plot against him.

Phosa says Mbeki shouldn't be judged for his previous mistakes, but rather the contributions he could make toward solving the country's economic woes.

"The good he's done overshadows the mistakes he made. At all times we should recognise his political corporate memory as former head of state."

He says Mbeki's track record as the former head of state speaks for itself, both on the economic and political landscape.

The ANC veteran's remarks come just days after Mbeki distanced himself from claims that he was paranoid about a plot involving Phosa to have him removed from office.