Mhambi has been redeployed.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Mhambi's qoutables - Xolela Mangcu on Mbeki

Xolela Mangcu must now be recognised as not only South Africa's columist with consistently the most rigorous analysis, but also the one with the best lines. This week he laid into President Mbeki's shameless and tragic response Aids.

PRESIDENT Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki has become an albatross around the neck of our political culture.

He has bequeathed to our political culture a terrible quality — the instinctive denial.

Intellectuals are interested only in whether their ideas are interesting and not in their relevance for their people.

At every turn, Mbeki has tried to pass himself off as an interesting intellectual, irrespective of whether his ideas are relevant to the reality of the population. That surely must partly explain the instinctive denial. If it does not emanate from the “private lair of his skull” then it cannot be true. It’s the perpetual intellectual quest for originality gone haywire.

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