Fit to Govern: The Native Intelligence of Thabo Mbeki
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Roberts' work on Thabo Mbeki was heavily criticised as a hagiography. Major banking group Absa sponsored the book, contributing R1.43 million towards it. The Democratic Alliance political party accused Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad of arranging for the sponsorship as an official act of the government, rather than as a private citizen, despite Pahad's reporting directly to Mbeki.
In 2007, author Anthony Brink accused Roberts of plagiarising sections of the biography and launched a campaign to publicise the claim by way of an e-book titled Lying and Thieving: The Fraudulent Scholarship of Ronald Suresh Roberts in "Fit to Govern: The Native Intelligence of Thabo Mbeki".