The African National Congress (ANC) has trivialized Julius Malema’s visit to 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 introduce officially EFF leaders.
Mbeki and the EFF delegation were in high spirits after the closed-door meeting.
Responding afterwards, Malema said he is certain the former president would “do the right thing” on August 3.
He added that although Mbeki emphasized that his vote would be secret; however, the former president gave him a very positive response.
Laughing off the visit, ANC’s spin doctor; Gwede Mantashe opined that ANC’s leaders are not barred from meeting opposition groups.
Secondly, Mantashe asserted that the ANC is positive Mbeki will never vote for the radical party because he [Mbeki] has severally announced his unalloyed support to the ruling party.
“Our approach to leadership is that (they) can meet anyone and we must not stop them from meeting everybody.
He can’t run away. He must meet with them if needs be,” he said.
In as much as Malema hopes to gain Mbeki’s vote; President Jacob Zuma told his supporters last week during a rally that he is also hopeful that the former president will vote for the ANC.
Former President Thabo Mbeki Holds A Crucial Meeting With ANC
Meanwhile, Mbeki will be meeting with the ANC’s Gauteng mayoral 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.
Thabo Mbeki was unduly recalled in 2008 by ANC leaders.
Since he was recalled, he has never been at the front line of ANC campaigns.