Let sleep­ing dogs lie

Mbeki’s es­says won’t cor­rect his­tory, but will of­fer in­sight into self-delu­sion, writes

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com­mis­sioner Jackie Selebi cer­tainly felt that way, to the ex­tent that he spent hours per­son­ally in­ter­view­ing Nkam­bule in a bid to bol­ster the plot al­le­ga­tion. To them, Nkam­bule had the so­lu­tion to the pres­i­dent’s fears and their mis­sion was to prove the plot. Lewis Hamil­ton in the busi­ness world. What was not known was how far Mbeki would be pre­pared to go to se­cure his po­si­tion: that he would be pre­pared to let them be sub­jected to be­ing la­belled po­ten­tial en­e­mies of the state by pres­i­den­tial hench­men, a label that car­ried real and present dan­ger to them.

As har­row­ing as that episode was, the three lead­ers ac­cepted Tsh­wete’s apol­ogy and moved on. The coun­try moved on. The plot was only spo­ken about in pass­ing as a book­mark in our his­tory – un­til this week, when Mbeki opted to give us his un­con­vinc­ing and self-serv­ing ver­sion.

One can un­der­stand that the 73-year-old would want to be­gin to present a more saintly pic­ture of him­self so that pos­ter­ity re­mem­bers him for the good he did in­stead of the con­tro­ver­sial chap­ters of his pub­lic life. In this quest, he will prob­a­bly also give us his take on the age of Aids de­nial­ism, “clar­ity” on the South African gov­ern­ment’s role in aid­ing and abet­ting Robert Mu­gabe’s de­struc­tion of Zim­babwe, his pro­tec­tion of Selebi when the top cop had sold his soul to crooks and an ex­pla­na­tion of why he coldly dis­missed the deaths of 2 000 ba­bies at Frere Hospi­tal as sta­tis­ti­cally in­signif­i­cant. One could go on and on, but we have to save the trees.

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