ANCYL: Mbeki is behaving like a drum majorette

The league has slammed Thabo Mbeki, blaming him for the 'influence of western countries on govt'.

Former president Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Seyllou Diallo/AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) says former president Thabo Mbeki is responsible for the apparent influence of western countries on the government.

It says his actions also led to the entrenchment of majority ownership of the economy by foreign companies.

The league has launched a scathing attack on the former president, saying he is behaving like a 'drum majorette' by speaking out on current politics.

The youth league's national executive committee met this week.

ANCYL President Collen Maine says Mbeki's presidency brought about a shift in the ANC's focus.

"Historically, friends of the ANC have been those of the east and during Mbeki's tenure, there was more concentration on the west with some of the problems we had and that's why capital can today dictate who becomes a minister of treasury."

Secretary Njabulo Nzuza says the former president seems bitter.

"To take the grandstand as custodian of all that is correct, but they did not do anything to change the ownership structure of the capital and the economy of this country."

Yesterday, the former president called for a frank national dialogue about the country's problems and what is needed to get it back on track.

Mbeki has thrown his weight behind a new initiative being led by the foundations of struggle stalwarts, Robert Sobukwe, Oliver Tambo, FW de Klerk and Desmond Tutu, who plan to have a series of public talks about where the nation is headed.

WATCH: Mbeki tackles illicit financial outflows issue.

Yesterday, Mbeki responded to the outcomes of the Arms Deal Commission and presented an update on his campaign to stop the illicit financial outflows in Africa.

Mbeki says South Africans need to have a frank discussion about the future.

"I think it's a very important issue, it's important that we as South Africans must indeed engage in that dialogue about our country and its future because it's quite clear that there are many things that have not gone right."

He says the dialogues should set a path for the future and South Africans should act on it.

"We've not set ourselves these objectives, so let's act together to do that. If that means removing Max Boqwana from his position as the CEO of the foundation, let that be the outcome."

The foundations have not yet finalised a schedule for the dialogues, which are expected to happen this year.