Former president Thabo Mbeki told matriculants in Cape Town that a number of business and sports leaders had held secret meetings with the ANC in exile. He explained that they had not necessarily been interested in being “mobilised by the ANC” but wanted to learn more about the party, since a particular image had been painted by apartheid government propaganda. What image? You may ask. “A really frightening one. There was this frightening picture of the ANC, which would nationalise swimming pools and nationalise wives,” said Mbeki, without batting an eye.