13 Jun 2016

No. 258: Thabo Mbeki: Africa's Philosopher-King

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The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town invites you and members of your organisation to a launch of the book "Thabo Mbeki: Africa's Philosopher-King".

Audio files for this public dialogue

Dr Adekeye Adebajo
Executive Director
Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR)
Cape Town

Professor Chris Landsberg
South African Research (SARChI) Chair of African
Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; and Senior Associate
School of Leadership
University of Johannesburg (UJ)

Thabo Mbeki is the most important African political figure of his generation and a dominant figure in South African politics for 14 years. A pan-African philosopher-king who spent two decades in exile, as president of Africa's most industrialised state, he set out a sweeping vision of an African Renaissance. As a key liberation leader in exile, Mbeki was instrumental in his party's anti-apartheid struggle. During the South African transition, he helped build one of the world's most respected constitutional democracies. As president, despite some successes, he was unable to overcome South Africa's inherited socio-economic challenges, and his disastrous AIDS policies will remain a major blotch in his legacy. He will, however, be remembered more as a foreign policy president for his peacemaking efforts in Africa and in the building of continental institutions such as the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). This book seeks to rescue Mbeki from South African parochialism and to restore him to a pan-African pantheon.

DATE Monday 13 June 2016
TIME 17h30 - 19h00
VENUE Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town

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