Not only had the former president Thabo Mbeki withdrawn his support for the ANC, members of Oliver Reginald Tambo family have joined to declare their unwillingness to endorse the Zuma-led government.
It was earlier reported that former president Thabo Mbeki was approached by an ANC representative and mayor of Johannesburg, Parks Tau, to assist the party with campaigning with only two weeks to go to elections on August 3; however, a reliable source revealed that Mbeki was reluctant to come out in support of President Jacob Zuma’s government and ANC.
Report reaching BuzzSouthAfrica today has it that other members of the family that has become synonymous with not only the glory days of the ANC but “struggle royalty”, the Tambos, have also denied support for the party; saying that they are unwilling to be seen endorsing Zuma’s leadership.
Report from the M&G also has it that the Tambo family and Mbeki cited “blatant corruption” among other reasons for not wanting to support the ANC’s municipal elections campaign.
Johannesburg mayor and the ANC regional chairperson Tau met Mbeki at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation in Killarney, Johannesburg pointed out the urgent need to seek Mbeki’s support in the election.
“It was a particularly important period because we are literally running two election campaigns,” Tau said
“We are running a campaign to lead the city of Johannesburg in as much as we are running a campaign to lead the world. We thought it would be important that we keep him updated about both campaigns but also about the work we have been doing.”
However, report has it that Mbeki “politely declined” the invitation to campaign for the ANC. Aside from his concerns about corruption, he reportedly has also not “forgiven the ANC for the manner in which he was treated when the party recalled him in 2008”.
Mbeki’s refusal to campaign for the ANC will be the second time after that of 2009, shortly after his recall.
When asked if Mbeki would campaign for the ANC, as the date for the local government elections draws closer, Tau would only say: “We will keep you posted.”
Not being accepted and endorsed by the Mbeki and Tambo families prove how much the Zuma-led government is despised by even the party members.
One of Oliver Tambo’s young family members has now reportedly even endorsed the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), while others in the family “expressed their disgust with the ANC”.
The paper spoke to members of the family in the Eastern Cape, one of whom, 57-year-old granddaughter of Tambo’s eldest brother Willie, Toysie Tambo “lives in a rundown RDP house” and accused the ANC of having forgotten them.
She said she would vote for the EFF on August 3. She said it was because of “that boy” Malema, who “didn’t hide things”.