|The bitter hostility of President Thabo Mbeki towards Mac Maharaj, implicit in President Mandela's extensive foreword, is also referred to in Dancing to a Different Rhythm by Zarina Maharaj, going back to long before Mbeki became President. This hostility was openly expressed when President, Mbeki later appointed the Hefer Commission in 2003 to investigate Mac, a commission whose terms of reference he changed three times as it proceeded with its work! See Abuse of Power  )
In 2008, Mbeki was unceremoniously kicked out as President by his own party, the ANC, for, among other things his 'Machiavellian' conduct/decisions that were ostensibly symptoms of a deep paranoia: his decision, for example, to publicise his false belief that three of his cabinet comrades were planning topple him as President; his decision - against the interest of his allies who had put him in power - to centralise that power in the Presidency, without any consultation with them; and his decision that led to the needless deaths of over 300,000 Aids sufferers because he believed the Anti-Retrovirals's that could have saved their lives were part and parcel of a Western conspiracy against Africans! ( see also Abuse of Power  ) .