Former President Thabo Mbeki‘s spokesperson, Mukoni Ratshitanga has totally refuted the reports that Mbeki has cut ties with the ruling party (ANC).
Releasing a counter-statement on Saturday, Ratshitanga said Mbeki has been and remains a member of the ANC in good standing.
In addition, Mbeki’s spokesperson warned people not to gulp down rumours and ‘unreliable’ information because any information garnered outside the camp of the ANC or the Thabo Mbeki Foundation “has no factual basis and is most likely generated to impact on the outcome of the August 3 Local Government elections”.
On Friday, DA mayoral candidate in Mnquma Local Municipality; Madoda Mbeki, who doubles as Thabo Mbeki’s cousin said in a briefing that the former president has distanced himself from the ANC primarily because of President Zuma’s racial campaigns.
“Not only the Mbeki family but AmaZizi clan are not happy, they are no longer in one kraal with the ANC,” Madoda said on Friday.
Notably, other people in attendance were: ANC stalwart Steve Tshwete’s son Linda and Ghaleb Cachalia, the son of struggle stalwarts Amina and Yusuf were in attendance.
According to teary Linda, who spoke during the briefing, his entire family supported him when he defected from the ANC to the DA .
He however revealed that his brother Mayihlome and stepmother, Pam, who doubles as SA’s deputy minister of water and sanitation were the only ones that turned their back on him when he defected to the DA.
“…the Tshwete clan, except for Mayihlome and Pam, supported me. They even travelled 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,” Linda said.
Thabo Mbeki served nine years as the second post-apartheid President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008.
On 20 September 2008, with about nine months left in his second term, he announced his resignation after being recalled by the National Executive Committee of the ANC.