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So it is that Mbeki is sometimes described for pages as patient, hardworking and humble.

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But later, Gevisser will also tell us that Mbeki was intensely disliked by everyone around him and considered ambitious and conniving. It is hard to reconcile the pieces. In exile, Mbeki preached negotiation with the South African government while many of his peers talked war. And prodding the African National Congress to embrace the free market was the equivalent of heresy. With such a record of challenging orthodoxy and being proven right, Gevisser says, it was natural for Mbeki to question the scientific community on the origins of AIDS.

Publicly, Mbeki gave up arguing on this point some time ago. But Gevisser says that his views have not changed. In exile, Mbeki was known as the A. He favored whiskey, smoked a pipe and was available to debate politics deep into the night. When I was covering South Africa from to , that Mbeki was nowhere to be found.

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Please try again later. Mark Gevisser is one of South Africa's leading journalists.

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Educated at Yale University, he currently lives in South Africa. Mark Gevisser. Revelations about the current president and the politics that continue to shape South Africa include: - Thabo Mbeki's difficult relationship with his own political activist and largely absent father Govan Mbeki, who was imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela. The Jews of Kaffirland.

A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream by Mark Gevisser

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