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Mbeki thanks ANCYL for birthday message

Mbeki has thanked the ANCYL for wishing him a happy birthday.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Thabo Mbeki has thanked the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) for wishing him a happy birthday.

On Tuesday, the League issued a statement saying Mbeki pushed for change in Africa during his tenure as ANC leader.

In his letter, Mbeki said he agreed with the Youth League that massive development in the African economy was an urgent challenge facing the continent.

He also said he will try to do his best to be an activist for the renaissance of Africa, in keeping with the traditions of the ANC.

The ANCYL previously used birthdays to send political messages.

In 2011, it wished Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe a happy birthday but did not say anything about President Jacob Zuma's birthday earlier in 2012.