What are the reasons behind the Mbeki nostalgia among South Africans?

Former President Thabo Mbeki's return to engaging in matters of national public discourse after a lengthy silence has been received with mixed reaction.

Eusebius McKaiser (standing in for Redi Tlhabi) gave listeners an opportunity to share their thoughts regarding the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

It's not about the fact that President Zuma is performing poorly. There was an economic meltdown but South Africa did very well at the time. He was a president I was proud of and there was confidence about where we were going.

Petunia, caller in Joburg

We are now sitting with people who are tardy with what they are doing. Not once, did we ever have Mbeki being taken to the courts.

Eve, caller in Joburg

One thing that Mbeki did not do is he did not offend the nation, he did not anger the nation as President Zuma has done.

Jill, caller in Bedfordview

Look at our economy at the moment versus when Thabo Mbeki was around. You can't blame people who all a sudden think he is God.

Prince, caller in Middelburg

Both President Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela had passion for the people of South Africa and that is something that our current president lacks.

Aisha, caller in Joburg

Zuma has done so much for this country. All the agenda we hear about is about how bad Zuma is, and it's so easy to point fingers and criticise.

Tebogo, caller in Joburg

This article first appeared on 702 : What are the reasons behind the Mbeki nostalgia among South Africans?


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