Most Famous Thabo Mbeki Quotes and Sayings on Leadership & Unity

In this Post, I have shared some Thabo Mbeki’s quotes.

Thabo Mbeki is a South African politician who served as the country’s second president from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008, when he resigned. Prior to that, he served as Nelson Mandela’s vice president from 1994 until 1999.

Mbeki had been active in ANC politics since 1956, when he joined the ANC Youth League, and had been a member of the party’s National Executive Committee since 1975. 

Thabo Mbeki left South Africa at the age of twenty to attend university in England, spending nearly three decades in exile before the ANC was unbanned in 1990.

He progressed through the ranks of the ANC in its information and publicity department.  He was an early supporter and leader of the diplomatic negotiations that led to the end-of-apartheid . He was chosen national deputy president following South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.

 In the years thereafter, it has become clear that he is Mandela‘s preferred successor, and he was confirmed unopposed as ANC president in 1997, allowing him to run for president as the ANC’s nominee in the 1999 elections.

25 Thabo Mbeki Quotes

Here are Thabo Mbeko Quotes I have chosen and thoroughly researched.

  1. “I think that probably the most important thing about our education was that it taught us to question even those things we thought we knew.”

2. “As Africans, we need to share common recognition that all of us stand to lose if we fail to transform our continent.”

3.”Her work sought to challenge all of us critically to reflect on the things we find comfort in believing without question.”

4. “South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.”

5. “Our experience over the last 20 years has shown that indeed people must themselves become their own liberators. You cannot wait for somebody else to come and rescue you.”

6. “The people of Zimbabwe have a responsibility to ensure that the government that they elected behaves properly.”

7. “Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers, telephones and television sets. They ask – when will we get a road to our village.”

8. “Together we have travelled a long road to be where we are today. This has been a road of struggle against colonial and apartheid oppression.”

9. “Those who complete the course will do so only because they do not, as fatigue sets in, convince themselves that the road ahead is still too long, the inclines too steep, the loneliness impossible to bear and the prize itself of doubtful value.”

 10. “We are not being arrogant or complacent when we say that our country, as a united nation, has never in its entire history, enjoyed such a confluence of encouraging possibilities.”

11. “Together we have travelled a long road to be where we are today. This has been a road of struggle against colonial and apartheid oppression.”

12. “I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land.”

13. “If we only said safe sex, use a condom, we won’t stop the spread of AIDS in this country.”

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14. “A matter that seems to be very clear in terms of the alternative view, is what do you expect to happen in Africa with regard to immune systems, where people are poor, subject to repeat infections and all of that. Surely you would expect their immune systems to collapse.”

 15. “As we mourn President Mandela’s passing we must ask ourselves the fundamental question – what shall we do to respond to the tasks of building a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa, a people-centered society free of hunger, poverty, disease and inequality, as well as Africa’s renaissance, to whose attainment President Nelson Mandela dedicated his whole life?.”

16. “We can’t treat the matter of black economic empowerment as just the redistribution of existing wealth. It really has to focus on new investment, on growth, on development of employment and so on and so on.”

17. “We will continue to count on your unwavering support and commitment to working with leaders of our continent in bringing about the desired renaissance of Africa.”

18. “I don’t imagine Heads of Government would ever be able to say I’m not an economist therefore I can’t take decisions on matters of the economy; I’m not a soldier I can’t take decisions on matters of defence; I’m not an educationist so I can’t take decisions about education.”

19. “One of the matters that must be addressed is that Rwanda and Uganda have to leave the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We’re also supporting processes to ensure that the political dialogue among the Congolese themselves takes place so that the people there can decide their future.”

20. “I think the Internet is absolutely extraordinary. It’s very, very useful and I think one of the things we’ve got to do is make sure that the African continent gets on to that information super highway.”

21. “The concern around probable questions, which in a sense have been hidden, will grow around the world and the matter is critical, the reason we are doing all this is so we can respond correctly to what is reported to be a major catastrophe on the African continent.”

22. “I get a sense that we’ve all been educated into one school of thought. I’m not surprised at all to find among the overwhelming majority of scientists, are people who would hold one particular view because that’s all they’re exposed to.”

23. “Our minds will continue the restless inquiry to find out how it is possible to have a surfeit of productive wealth in one part of our common globe and intolerable poverty levels elsewhere on that common globe.”

 24. “The problem is not a lack of understanding of what we are saying and doing; the problem is difference of opinion about what to do.”

25. “None dare challenge me when i say i am an Afrikan.”

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