Jul 21, 2008, 5:51 AM
We are glad to see that Mr Mbeki did not behave as the stereotypical African president - clinging to power by any means possible. By contrast, his political rival Mr Zuma seems to be the archetypal African president or presidential hopeful - 'I either win or the country and people get destroyed'. By bowing out when the ovation is loudest, Mr Mbeki has shown that his hands are clean and that he has nothing to hide.
For the almost one decade that Mbeki steered the affairs of state, he brought sagacity and intellectual depth to governance. It could be that his actions and programmes made it difficult for some to feed fat on state resources at the detriment of the people, hence they threaten fire and brimstone. He will be remembered as a great statesman who meant well for his country and his people and did his best to be true to the values and aspirations of his country.
Unlike Mbeki, Zuma strikes us as a desperate man who wants
power just for the fun of it. If Mbeki had been greed for power as
We agree with Helen Zille, leader of main opposition the Democratic Alliance, that Zuma is a leader of "a rabble out to grab the spoils of the state for their own interests".
Despite what has happened, Mbeki remains an African leader to be proud of. He has shown that an African leader can be reasonable and unselfish.