Thabo Mbeki, former president, stepped back into the ranks of the campaigning ANC recently, much to the surprise of Mzansi. Mbeki admitted that it had been hard promoting the ruling party during Zuma's reign, but evidently had a change of heart as he publicly pledged his vote.
Thabo Mbeki revealed at the Rand Easter Show yesterday during a short media briefing that he had struggled to campaign for the ANC under Jacob Zuma's administration.
According to TimesLIVE, the former president now feels that it is possible for him to promote the ruling party, with the party manifesto clearly indicating that responsibility needs to be taken where mistakes have been made.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Mbeki had felt the admission of these mistakes, and the willingness of the party to rectify them, had allowed him to campaign for the ANC once more.
During the briefing, Mbeki had added his signature to a board pledging his vote for the ANC once the May elections come around.
Speaking to the media, the former president commented on the reasons why he had been absent from party events in previous years:
"I could not personally come say to a person, come vote for the ANC, knowing very well the wrong things that were happening. It would not be honest of me to go and talk to people like that."
Now, with a 'detailed commitment' on issues facing the economy, social cohesion and land, Mbeki feels safe enough to encourage voters once more.
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