Durban - Although former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma are worlds apart, they agree on one thing - there has been Western interference in some African countries, including in South Africa.
While the interference he spoke about pertained to removing a leader of a country, Zuma spoke of a plot to eliminate him and to some extent, interference in internal ANC matters.
The point of convergence of their claims was that powers interfere mainly to protect their interests and are often threatened by the leaders they don't like.
Speaking on Tuesday in Durban during a memorial service for the late former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, Mbeki spoke of an attempt by the US and Britain to remove the late leader from power. He said the push by these two powers was so hard, that they even contemplated removing Mugabe by force.
“Indeed we opposed it strenuously because we were saying the Zimbabwe people have got a right to determine their own destiny. There is nobody who is going to come from London or decide how they should govern themselves. But in the end, the reason we have people coming from so far away, planning to overthrow an elected leader of Zimbabwe was because this was a tried-and-tested African patriot, stood very firm for the liberation of the continent,” Mbeki said.