Mbeki: Beware lies & misinformation in public discourse

Thabo Mbeki has claimed, in a new newsletter, that lies are being used by some people for narrow ends.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Thabo Mbeki says everyone should be involved in trying to stop lies and disinformation being used by some people involved in the country's public discourse.

Mbeki has claimed in a new newsletter that lies are being used by some people for narrow ends.

He says that everyone should be involved in trying to stop lies and disinformation being used by some people involved in our public discourse.

In his latest publication, Mbeki says he has been worried for some time now that the use of lies is becoming entrenched in our national discourse.

He says this practice can damage political movements and that lies and misinformation were used against the African National Congress (ANC) by the apartheid government.

Mbeki also says that he warned during the ANC's Polokwane conference in 2007 that some people in the movement were using lies and deceit for their narrow ends.

But he doesn't mention any names in these claims.

Mbeki then goes on to explain that the apartheid government used disinformation to hurt the ANC and that the US used lies to justify their invasion of Iraq.