Former president Thabo Mbeki says the ANC has asked him to campaign for the party ahead of the upcoming elections.
However, Mbeki said that he was open to helping anyone find ways of tackling South Africa's challenges, regardless of which party they belonged to.
This comes after some infighting within the ANC, with a group of party members disrupting the launch of the Eastern Cape election manifesto over service delivery issues.
Mbeki attended Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech last week, as did former president Kgalema Motlanthe. Jacob Zuma, however was conspicuously absent.
Speaking to a reporter in Ethiopia following the African Union summitt, Mbeki said that he felt some responsibility toward South Africa and said that there would be no problem with him campaigning, as he is still a member of the ANC.
However, he did not want to limit himself to only working with the ruling party.
"There are ANC tasks that have got to be carried out," Mbeki said, "At the same time, there are other tasks which are nonpartisan in nature which must also be carried out."
The call on Mbeki appears to be part of the ANC's attempt to project an image of a united party. The party has been been fending off accusations of being divided, such as the supposed tension between those loyal to Ramaphosa and those that supported the Zuma slate at Nasrec.
Mbeki added that he would definitely be involved in service to South Africa in some capacity, saying, "You owe it to the nation."
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