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Baleka Mbete: The World Bank is not God

Baleka Mbete interviewed by international news network Al Jazeera on whether the African National Congress had betrayed the late Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

A YouTube screengrab shows former National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete during an interview with Al Jazeera. Picture: Al Jazeera English/youtube.com

CAPE TOWN - Former National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete dismissed economic studies that suggested that South Africa was the most unequal society on earth.

Mbete was interviewed by international news network Al Jazeera's Head-to-Head, hosted by Mehdi Hassan on whether the African National Congress (ANC) had betrayed the late Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

The panel also included former ANC Members of Parliament Makhosi Khoza and Andrew Feinstein.

Mbete left many stunned after she told Al Jazeera inequality in South Africa was greatly exaggerated.

The former deputy president and ANC chairperson was responding to a question about a World Bank study that gives South Africa the unfortunate title of being the most unequal country in the world.

“But I wonder whether it’s not an exaggeration. I really think we need to see both good and bad. The World Bank is not God.”

Mbete has also dismissed remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa among others, who's admitted on a number of occasions that much of the past 10 years under former President Jacob Zuma’s watch had been a lost decade.

WATCH: Has South Africa’s ruling party betrayed Mandela’s legacy?

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