Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
19 Oct 2021
10:20 am

ANC rolls out big guns in a push to attract voters

Eric Naki

Mbeki has been brought in to boost the party’s flagging campaign in Gauteng.

Gauteng MEC for Tourism, Parks Tau (L) and Former South African President Thabo Mbeki at the Thabo Mbeki Presidencial Library Prencit ' The Epicentre for African Renaissance" in Johannesburg, 28 September 2021. Johannesburg City marking Tourism Month and Heritage Month by signing the collaborative agreement with the Thabo Mbeki Foundation. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

In a push to attract voters for the local government elections next month, the ANC has roped former president Thabo Mbeki and former United Nations (UN) Women’s executive director and former deputy state president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka into its campaign. Mbeki was kept on the backburner during the Jacob Zuma presidency, but has addressed a few ANC gatherings at the invitation of party lower structures during Cyril Ramaphosa’s tenure. He has spoken at Gauteng, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal ANC events and has been a regular guest speaker at University of South Africa functions and at other institutions. Mbeki is an ex...