Former president Thabo Mbeki has come out now and called on citizens to vote for the ANC.
He has signed a pledge of support in the African National Congress (ANC) pavilion at the Rand Show.
(Mbeki: Audio clip: 13'40")
Why now? Why do I do this? Because there was a period when I could not personally, in all honesty, say to a person please come and vote for the ANC, knowing very well the wrong things that were happening - that it would not be honest of me to go and talk to people like that.— Thabo Mbeki, former South African president
I am saying that the current election manifesto of the ANC has those observations about the ANC. What that does, it poses a challenge to the ANC, the fact that we admit that we veered off course and resulted in corruption...it means we are making a commitment to the public that we have to deal with these matters....that's a very serious observation to make and I hope you will all voe ANC.— Thabo Mbeki, former South African president
I mean... you don't just sit around making observations brah. You've got to say something right!— Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk host
Refilwe finds it interesting that Mbeki can now give the ANC his wholesale endorsement when not a lot has changed.
Thank you very much for all of that Mr Mbeki and thank you for letting us know that we must vote for the ANC, but the reasons that he wasn't comfortable to tell people to vote for the ANC, have not completely left the ANC.— Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk host
CapeTalkers shared calls and voice notes on the subject.
Mbeki has a very strong following...What is he currently doing business-wise and how can he use the ANC to gain power again?— Enver, Caller - Blue Downs
Refilwe says Mbeki is implying that now that Zuma is out of the way I am able to stand behind this party.
She believes he is being sincere, but questions why he was silent for so long.
It's a bit like being an armchair coach - on Monday you knew what was going on in the Sunday night football.— Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk host
Enver says he has a dignified bearing that appeals to people.
Can we say the ANC has veered off course and is back on course? The top Six such as Magashule and Duarte were staunch Zuma supporters.— James, Caller
Refilwe agrees and repeats her earlier comment:
The reasons he couldn't back the ANC haven't left yet.— Refilwe Moloto, CapeTalk host
Take a listen to the discussion below:
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