ANC targets Thabo Mbeki to lead election campaign after Jacob Zuma drama

The African National Congress (ANC) has sent out an SOS to former South African president Thabo Mbeki, asking him to join the campaign for the upcoming 2024 elections.

This move comes as the party seeks to reinvigorate its image and appeal to voters amidst growing discontent and internal divisions.

According to the Sunday Times, the ANC has reportedly reached out to Mbeki, who has been a vocal critic of the party in recent years, in an effort to tap into his experience and leadership.

Mbeki, who served as president from 1999 to 2008, has remained a respected figure within the ANC and continues to wield influence within the party.

The decision to call upon Mbeki to join the campaign reflects the ANC’s recognition of the need to unite the party and regain the trust of the South African electorate.

His involvement in the campaign could potentially help the party to reconnect with disillusioned voters and strengthen its position for the upcoming elections.

Political analysts have noted that the ANC’s move to bring in Mbeki is a strategic one, as his presence could help to bolster the party’s credibility and appeal to voters.

As political commentator Mcebisi Ndletyana stated, “Mbeki represents an ANC that was cohesive and effective at governance. His presence may well be seen as a vote of confidence in the ANC.”

However, there are also concerns that Mbeki’s involvement could be seen as an attempt to paper over the internal divisions within the ANC and avoid addressing the underlying issues that have eroded the party’s support.

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