He's old, grey and sorry but few people are likely to feel for him. And that's the way it should be.
Today is the 23rd anniversary of the May 1987 coup and it's a day that should see Rabuka behind bars, not on the front pages of the news media offering a limp apology.
Rabuka was responsible for creating the coup culture and the country's economic and political woes that have since ensued. He begat George Speight and Voreqe Bainimarama.
Ratu Epeli (as with the family of the deposed prime minister Timoci Bavadra) is reported to have accepted the confession and is said to have told Rabuka it's time to move forward and build a better future for everyone.
That's all and good for Rabuka, but what of Fiji? Under the hands of another military son, the coffers are empty, citizens are oppressed and democracy is a thing of the past. Rabuka had a hand in this, thanks to his orignal coup de tat, and that's something he has yet to front up to.