Former President Thabo Mbeki’s reason for abstaining himself from ANC rallies and events has come to limelight.
Speaking barely 24 hours after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leaders paid him a visit, Mbeki explained that continental travel kept him off the campaign trail.
“I have to be wondering around the continent quite a bit. I was in Tanzania last week. I think the campaign is in capable hands,” he said.
Mbeki however added that he has been receiving feedback from ANC Johannesburg mayoral candidate, Parks Tau.
He said Tau has visited him before at Thabo Mbeki Foundation, where they deliberated on National and party matters.
Meanwhile, Mbeki and Tau have refuted claims that Mbeki’s aim of meeting with ANC Gauteng candidates is to frustrate EFF party’s earlier visit.
Malema Visits Former President Thabo Mbeki
On Monday, Malema grabbed headlines after he was spotted at Mbeki’s home in Johannesburg.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that Malema’s sole aim of visiting Mbeki was to persuade him to vote for the red berets; and also to officially introduce EFF leaders.
The former president rather explained that he is ever willing to meet with any opposition group or individuals.
He recalled that Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane had paid him a visit just like EFF’s Malema did.
“Mmusi has come already. He asked me‚ I said fine; the EFF asked to come‚ I said fine; the (ANC) mayoral candidates asked‚ I said fine. You can’t chase anyone away,” Mbeki said.
Former President Thabo Mbeki, who is expected to cast his vote on Wednesday would be meeting some ANC candidates today.
Mbeki’s crucial meeting with leaders of the ruling party is coming just 24 hours before polls open.
A statement issued by provincial leaders stipulates that Mbeki will meet with the ANC candidates at his home at 09:00.
Candidates who will be marching down to Mbeki’s house include; Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau; Tshwane mayoral candidate, Thoko Didiza; and Ekurhuleni mayoral candidate, Mzwandile Masina.