- Former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, has come clean over how he feels about the ANC’s list of potential MPs
- In an interview with the Sunday Times, Mbeki warned the ruling party that they should be taking allegations against party members seriously
- Mbeki told the news publication that the ANC shouldn’t be pretending that serious accusations against party members don’t exist
Ex-South African president, Thabo Mbeki, has opened up to the Sunday Times about his opinions on the ANC’s current list of candidates.
Mbeki recently made his decision to campaign for the ANC public, but has now shown that this support does not come without some skepticism.
The ex-president is critical of the ANC’s list of potential MPs and went as far as saying that the party would be contributing to its own death if it did not take its own committee’s advice to heart.
The committee has flagged over 20 candidates on the ANC’s parliamentary list as “problematic”, including Deputy President, David Mabuza, Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe, and many others.
Mbeki specifically mentioned ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule, who remains on the party’s list of MPs and has recently been accused of corruption on a massive scale, in an exposing book titled Gangster State, by Pieter-Louis Myburgh.
The former SA president urged the ANC to take the allegations made against the Secretary General seriously.
“They can’t pretend that negative reporting of their secretary-general does not exist,” Mbeki told the Sunday Times.
When asked to comment on Mbeki’s opinion on his position in the ANC, Magashule said that he didn’t think Mbeki would go against the “universal law” of innocent until proven guilty.
Breifly.co.za gathered that Mbeki would be continuing to campaign for the ANC, but the ex-president remains unconvinced that the party is committed to ending corruption from within its ranks.
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