Thabo Mbeki Foundation: Mbeki letters a decade late

Thabo Mbeki Foundation’s CEO Max Boqwana says there was never going to be a perfect time for the letters.

Former South African president, Thabo Mbeki. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says while some have questioned the timing of his recent series of letters they are a decade late.

The foundation held a discussion in Johannesburg last night to discuss the series of letters Mbeki has written about his tenure as president and some of the issues he has faced criticism about.

The foundation hosted a dialogue aimed at the youth, to discuss the importance of the former statesman's recent series of letters.

While the letters have received mixed reaction, and sceptics questioning the timing, the foundation's CEO Max Boqwana says there was never going to be a perfect time.

"There can never be perfect timing but our view is that to correct historical mistakes has no time. It can be three days, three months or 30 years."


The foundation added that the letters are a prelude to his autobiography.

Boqwana said the objective of the discussion is to share some of the reasons behind Mbeki's letters.

He argued that part of the reason was to provide clarity, adding that the letters also seek to clarify what the foundation calls misconceptions about the former president.

Boqwana added that more details will be revealed in the upcoming autobiography.