Why has Mbeki lashed out at Ramaphosa | Inside Story

It was an unprecedented outspoken attack on his own party and its leader.

Thabo Mbeki warns that one day South Africa is going to ‘explode’.

He succeeded Nelson Mandela as democratic South Africa’s second president in 1999.

Citing high levels of poverty and joblessness, Mbeki says South Africa is heading for its own Arab Spring.

He’s blamed President Cyril Ramaphosa and the governing African National Congress of failing to address the legacy of apartheid.

But what’s prompted his remarks, and why now?

Presenter: Bernard Smith


Dakota Legoete: National spokesman of the African National Congress

Mmusi Maimane: Former leader of South Africa’s main opposition party

William Gumede: Associate professor at the School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand

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