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Architects of Poverty

Moeletsi Mbeki has just released a book : Architects of Poverty – Why African Capitalism Needs Changing. The book has been widely well received by those genuinely concerned with the future welfare of the continent.

However, as would be expected, the South African trade union federation COSATU hasn`t been mightily impressed by Moeletsi`s offerings in the book.

Responding to the book COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi had the following piece of  wisdom to offer, ” To comrade Moeletsi, the leadership of the liberation movement ended in September 2008 after his brother was recalled.”

Vavi`s comment followed the COSATU statement issued by spokesperson Patrick Craven in which the latter accuses Moeletsi of a personal dislike of Zuma and his allies, including COSATU. According to Craven this personal dislike has warped Moeletsi`s vision.

Mbeki`s crime lies in the following extracts from the book…they have no leadership. COSATU lost their leadership in 1994. The unions are left with leaders who have no education, no knowledge, no expertise. That`s why the poor are being ripped off…they don`t know the political economy of South Africa.

He goes on to write…they think they can ingratiate themselves with politicians of the ANC, so in the past four years they have been crawling to Jacob Zuma, thinking that they will use him. But Zuma ignored them once he got into power. He ignored them and privatised Vodacom.

In COSATU`s wisdom Moeletsi can no longer be treated as an independent commentator but someone with a personal grudge.

If COSATU has to be believed the book has nothing to offer but sour grapes by one of the Mbeki family who mourn the recall of Thabo Mbeki as presidency of South Africa and his defeat at the ANC conference in 2007 by Jacob Zuma.

COSATU`s response to the book is to say the least, tragic as it resorts to playing the man instead of playing the ball. In my future posts I will engage with the contents of the book and leave the fact that Moeletsi is former president Thabo Mbeki`s brother to COSATU.

  1. July 23, 2009 at 7:37 am

    I look forward to more of the same on this.
    Vavi’s spoutings have been bothering me lately.

    • tmant
      July 23, 2009 at 9:18 am

      Hi there MM, long time no speak! I am honoured by your visit. Hope to meet your expectations in future posts.

      • July 24, 2009 at 1:47 pm

        I miss you on the other side. 🙂

  2. July 23, 2009 at 7:39 am

    They are all living in a bygone era, the political need for leaders who deliver and not talk is now.

    The system will eventually eat them alive!

    • tmant
      July 23, 2009 at 9:22 am

      Quite right Kev, they however will need a sweet kick on the backside. They will not repent on their own.

  3. Journojen
    July 23, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Hi Marirong,

    Kev told us you moved here. I am sad you have left us 😦

    Hope you pop in every now and then on our blog site!

    • tmant
      July 23, 2009 at 9:24 am

      Thanks JJ, I will do the right thing.

  4. July 27, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Hello, is this Marirong?

    • tmant
      July 27, 2009 at 3:01 pm

      It is and thanks for the visit. I hope to update as regularly as possible. Next time you visit there will be loads of goodies.

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