Former president Thabo Mbeki’s closest allies say his scathing critique of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government being on autopilot was meant to serve as a wake-up call for the country’s political, business and labour leadership to act with urgency in the national interest.

“He is genuinely worried about the state of SA. Ramaphosa seems blind to what everyone else can clearly see,” a former staffer of Mbeki’s private office said.  ..

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