Moeletsi Mbeki

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Moeletsi Goduka Mbeki
Mbeki in Leiden, 2007
Born (1945-11-09) 9 November 1945 (age 73)
Nationality South African
Occupation Political and economic commentator
Known for Deputy chairman South African Institute of International Affairs
Parent(s) Govan Mbeki (father)
Epainette Mbeki (mother)
Relatives Linda Mbeki (sister)
Thabo Mbeki (brother)
Jama Mbeki (brother)

Moeletsi Goduka Mbeki (born November 30, 1945) is a political economist and the deputy chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs, an independent think tank based at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is a political analyst for Nedcor Bank. He is a member of the executive council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) which is based in London. He is the younger brother of former President Thabo Mbeki and son of ANC leader Govan Mbeki. He has been a frequent critic of President Mbeki.[1]


Moeletsi Mbeki receives Govan Mbeki's honorary doctorate (Amsterdam, 1978)

Moeletsi Goduka Mbeki has a strong background in journalism, with a resume that includes a Harvard University Nieman Fellowship and time at the BBC. He often acts as a political commentator in South Africa, and is the author of a paper titled Perpetuating Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, published on 30 June 2005 by International Policy Network. He was a media consultant for the ANC in the '90s, and is currently the chairman of Endemol South Africa, a TV production house, and KMM Review Publishing[2] and[3] Africa.[4] He has also been director of Comazar, which rehabilitates and grants concessions to railway networks in Africa.

In 2003 it was revealed by John Perlman that the SABC had blacklisted a lot of political commentators and that Moeletsi was one of them, possible due to his political views. Moeletsi generated some controversy when he said that Africa was governed better under colonial rule than today.[5] (See October 2007 in rail transport). In October 2006 Moeletsi Mbeki applied for an order to have Jonathan Moyo jailed the next time he visits South Africa. He has been known to oppose certain Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) deals in South Africa[6][7] and has written articles for the Cato Institute, a USA-based libertarian think tank.[8]

With his book “Architects of Poverty: Why African Capitalism Needs Changing” in 2009 he has triggered a debate about governance, ethics and moral values in African governance processes.


  • Moeletsi Mbeki: Architects of Poverty. Why African Capitalism Needs Changing, Central Books, April 2009, ISBN 1770101616
  • Moeletsi Mbeki: Advocates for change. How to overcome Africa's challenges, Picador Africa, 2011, ISBN 978-1-77010-120-3

He has written many articles about the political and economic situation in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa.

  • Articles by Moeletsi Mbeki in the New Statesman
  • South Africa: Only a matter of time before the bomb explodes
  • Africa was better governed under colonial rule than it is today
  • Overview of his opinions
  • A growing gap between the black elite and the black masses?: Elites and political and economic change in South Africa since the Anglo Boer War
  • South Africa: Democracy is Mature, the Private and NGO Sector is Strong, and Government is Weak in South Africa
  • South Africa: Roots of Black Poverty[permanent dead link]


  1. ^ An IOL online article about the last cabinet meeting of the Mbeki Administration.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Moeletsi Mbeki Paints A Gloom Picture For Zimbabwe". 2007-03-18.
  4. ^ "Moeletsi Mbeki: Political economist". Moneyweb Power Hour. 2008-02-25.
  5. ^ Dispatch Online - Your premier Eastern Cape news site
  6. ^ Why BEE should be abolished IOL
  7. ^ "Gold Council mulls investment unit spin-off". Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  8. ^
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