The African National Congress(ANC) in Gauteng (GP) has reportedly asked former President Thabo Mbeki to join the party’s election campaign.
With the ruling party is facing its toughest electoral contest since the dawn of democracy and ANC Gauteng has resorted to lobbying party veterans.
ANC GP Leader Paul Mashatile said his office has written to Mbeki to ask that he campaign for the party.
In 2008 Mbeki resigned as President and from the ANC, this was after ANC’s National Executive Committee announced it was going to remove him from office before the end of his term.
Mbeki was then caught up in accusations that he conspired to undermine ANC leader and current President Jacob Zuma.
Since his recall in 2008, Mbeki has however, not actively campaigned for the party.
Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau met Mbeki on Monday at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation in Killarney, Johannesburg and he then said the meeting with Mbeki was important.
“It was a particularly important period because we are literally running two election campaigns; 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,” said Tau.
The list of ANC veterans who have agreed to join the ANC on its campaign trial in Gauteng includes: former president Kgalema Motlanthe and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada.