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Mbeki wins 2012 African of the year award


November 11, 2012 (JUBA) - Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki is the winner of the 2012 Daily Trust African of the Year award, its Advisory Board announced on Thursday.

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Pagan Amum (left), chief negotiator from South Sudan, lead mediator for the African Union, Thabo Mbeki (centre) and Sudan’s head negotiator Idriss Abdu Qadir , attend African Union-led talks between Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa on March 13, 2012. (Getty)

The annual accolade, the Advisory Board Chairman said, seeks to recognize and encourage an “ordinary and exemplary African who has made an outstanding contribution.”

The ex-South African leader, according to Salim Ahmed Salim, was considered the ideal candidate after the advisory panel looked at his “extraordinary” contribution to the Sudanese crisis. Mbeki says African problems should be resolved by Africans themselves.

“Normally when we as an Advisory Panel choose the African of the Year, we look for an ordinary African doing extraordinary things. But this year in our deliberations we have decided to choose an already prominent African, but someone who in the context of the Sudanese crisis, has made what we consider to be an extraordinary contribution” said Salim Ahmed Salim.

Mbeki, who currently chairs the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP), along with former presidents Pierre Buyoya and Abdulsalam Abubakar, played a key role in brokering a deal between Sudan and South Sudan.

In April this year, the two countries were at the brink of war, before Mbeki and his panel immediately embarked upon a round of comprehensive negotiations, which resulted into the 27 September agreements, between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart, Omer Al-Bashir.

“For his outstanding leadership of the panel, for his persistent and consistent involvement in the peace process, and for the success of the panel in bringing Sudan and South Sudan back from the brink of war and consolidating a new start in relations, Thabo Mbeki is the 2012 African of the Year,” the statement reads in part.

The Daily Trust African of the Year Advisory Board, it added, were particularly impressed with the fact that these accords were of a comprehensive nature, not only focusing on the cessation of hostilities, but also on restarting southern oil exports through the North, reviving cross-border trade, and overall forging a new start in relations.

“We believe that this intervention by the African Union in the Sudanese situation must be encouraged. Although a united Sudan could not be maintained, peace between the two neighbours-indeed sisterly states-Sudan and South Sudan, is critical for the African continent,” said Salim, a former Secretary General of the defunct Organization of African Union (OAU).

The award, the Board said, not only recognizes Mbeki and the AUHIP for their significant achievement, but also seeks to encourage the Sudanese and South Sudanese people, as well as the African Union, to stay the course on the road to a permanent peace.

Since 2008, the Thabo Mbeki Foundation has been instrumental in supporting efforts aimed at promoting the achievement of Africa’s Renaissance through setting the agenda for progressive change throughout the continent.


The former South African leader, last month, described as “shameful and embarrassing” African media’s alleged failure recognize the key elements in Sudan and South Sudan’s Cooperation Agreement.

“This represents a failure by the media to inform its readers, listeners and viewers about a matter vital to Africa’s future,” Mbeki wrote in a strongly worded article.

Meanwhile, previous winners of this annual award, now in its fifth year, included Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria’s Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem of Nigeria, Danny Jordaan of South Africa and Niger’s former Chief Justice, Salifou Fatima Bazeye.


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  • 12 November 2012 08:02, by Loko El Pollo

    Salim, I know Mbeki pay you to clean his poor records.be honest with your fellow Africans about your boon with donkey Mbeki.

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    • 12 November 2012 09:07, by LL Reuben

      Oh boy! I don’t have thing to say about this guy.

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    • 12 November 2012 09:19, by Dinkawarrior

      Yes, this is what I have been talking about. Thombo is a money-mouth-man and he can’t be trusted either. Looks the way he handled the Abyei issues, he terribly failed to saved their lives. Forget about Darfur, Blue Nile, or South Kordofan. Can he achieve anything? I don’t thinks so, this man is an African in body but his mind and heart is an Arab!! Booooooooooooooo!!!! Sucked

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    • 12 November 2012 09:27, by mathem jech amer

      What has Mbeki achieved in regards to Sudan - South Sudan conflivt. He has gone home with a full USD briefcase as a bribe from his friend Bashir.
      Maybe they awarded him of being rich during his stay in a very expensive hotels between Khartoum, Juba and Addis ababa.

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  • 12 November 2012 08:03, by wang

    What a joke award to Thabo Mbeki!

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  • 12 November 2012 08:21, by 4Justice

    Mbeki wins 2012 Arab Slave of the year award

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  • 12 November 2012 08:43, by Tutbol

    I will only agree the phraise that " african problems be solved by africans" everything else about awarding Thambo Mbeki for achieving anything in regard to Sudan’s conflicts is laughable & it clearly shows these people who offer those kind of awards are out touch with realities.

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  • 12 November 2012 09:56, by Bol Pur

    Why these people did not award Sambayo who brought the comprehensive peace agreement? What did Mbeki done that Award him? He just make Arabs benefits out of South Sudanese expenses. He failed Abyei and border demarcation.Award him for failure.

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    • 12 November 2012 10:33, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

      Award to mbeki,what had he achieved so far? Mbeki is that traitor I have ever seen and heard.Useless Award.

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    • 12 November 2012 10:34, by Gabriel KK

      You are right Bol, Gen.Samboyo deserve this award than this failure South African called Mbeki. I think there is a secret behind this award.

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      • 12 November 2012 13:22, by Peacocktail

        Pre. Mbeki is Not award for the Job but bribed by Arabs gangs as an award,Salima Ahmed Salim is Egyptian who fail to wine the mind and heart of his own people during ousted Mburarak regime.He even fail to convince Late Dr. John Garang on his position as UN secretary General on Sudanese Crisis.He had never think of Black African than Arab. Devil Award,Mbeki shouldn’t be welcome,he is WILD Dog now.

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        • 12 November 2012 13:29, by Peacocktail

          MBeki got award for rescuing NCP regime in Khartuom, why don’t award those who kill Col Gadhafi,He is totally bribe for Three reasons by Egypt with NCP government:
          Rescuing NCP regime from at edge of Overthrow/collapse.
          Siding with Khartuom on Abyei,
          Not looking at SRF as serious concern for SUDAN troubling state.
          Top up payment for recent girl given to him by NCP illicit . Shame on Mbeeki,

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          • 12 November 2012 13:43, by Peacocktail

            Gen.Lazarus Sumbeyio is the Peace Veteran and South Sudanese shall Award one day in Juba at Dr.john Garang Memorial with dignity as highly respectfully way not Thebo Mbeki award given to support Rape and genocidal in Abyei and South Kordufan/Blue Nile. Gen.Lazarus award and golden prayers are in our heart and mind. Man of Peace for South Sudan.SPLM should invite him for States Peace Tour this Year

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