Though the speculations are already there, a family member has confirmed that former President Thabo Mbeki and his family are no longer part of ANC.
Mbeki’s cousin and DA mayoral candidate in Mnquma Local Municipality, Madoda Mbeki confirmed this during a media briefing on Friday. Madoda said:
“Not only the Mbeki family but AmaZizi clan are not happy, they are no longer in one kraal with the ANC.”
The briefing focused on condemning President Jacob Zuma’s “racial” campaign.
DA mayoral candidates Madoda, ANC stalwart Steve Tshwete’s son Linda and Ghaleb Cachalia, the son of struggle stalwarts Amina and Yusuf were in attendance.
Considering the fact that the three men are from prominent ANC families, it’s surprising to hear that they have the blessing of their families as DA members.
Linda said that his whole family, except his brother Mayihlome and stepmother, supported his defection from ANC to DA.
Relieving the strained relationship between him and the two at the time brought him to tears.
“…the Tshwete clan, except for Mayihlome and Pam, supported me. They even traveled to Cape Town and 14 of them joined the DA. I must say the mood has changed. They have seen I have made a decision.”
For Madoda Mbeki, the recalling of former President Thabo Mbeki in 2008 opened his eyes to the cracks in the ruling party.
“Immediately after Polokwane and the recalling of my brother I started looking at the ANC differently. Too many things happened and I believe getting into the DA was a wise decision… It will be my political home forever.”
Ghaleb Cachalia added that the values and principles of the ANC has changed as he said:
“The idea of open society is now a target of criticism by the ANC because it has become associated with the DA.”
He said that the ruling party was deviating from the 1994 ANC manifesto which pledged an open society, adding that the party exploits racial lines for political gain.
“It has failed to take action against Jimmy Manyi or Fikile Mbalula for their racial remarks over the years such as the infamous comments about the over concentration of coloureds at the Western Cape as well as Mbalula’s dog whistle when he called University of KwaZulu-Natal ‘little Bombay’.”
Linda also told journalists:
“The ANC that fought for our freedom is now a party desperate to distract South Africans from the fact that they’ve failed to create jobs and build on the progress Madiba started.”