Former President Thabo Mbeki is on the campaign trail for the ANC, saying that it would have been dishonest to promote the party during the years it had been 'veering off course'. The former president says that the ruling party has admitted to making mistakes and has returned in light of a new start.
Ex-President Thabo Mbeki claims he would have been a dishonest man if he had campaigned for the ANC during it's more questionable years.
Speaking at the Rand Easter Shower today, Mbeki had revealed that he had joined the ANC's election campaign in anticipation of the May elections.
According to News24, Mbeki had highlighted sections of the ruling party's manifesto where it was admitted that mistakes had been made.
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The former leader seems to have rekindled his love for his party, commenting that important observations have recently been made:
"The language the manifesto uses is 'we have veered off course' in acknowledging that it has made mistakes. It also speaks about the consequences thereof, being corruption and lack of integrity."
When asked why he had opted to campaign, after choosing not to in the past, Mbeki said that:
"In that period, I could not, in all honesty go to a person and say 'vote ANC' knowing very well the wrong things that were happening. It would not be honest of me."
The former president commented on the controversial party lists, saying that even he had issues with some of the individuals nominated. However, Mbeki maintains that he respects both the ANC integrity committee and the process they undertake to review the lists.
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