Msimang, Sexwale call for Mbeki to campaign for ANC

Former human settlements minister Tokyo Sexwale says Thabo Mbeki owes it to the ANC to campaign.

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) veterans Mavuso Msimang and Tokyo Sexwale say former president Thabo Mbeki has a responsibility to campaign for the party regardless of his differences with the leadership.

The pair joined the Gauteng ANC on a door-to-door campaign in Soweto yesterday.

Following reports that Mbeki's family distanced itself from the ANC the former president sent out a statement yesterday saying he remains an ANC member in good standing.

But he did not give any indication that he will heed the party's Gauteng's request for him to campaign for the party.

Sexwale says Mbeki owes it to the ANC to campaign.

"He was born in the family of the ANC, it made him deputy president, it made him president of the ANC and it made him president of the country. At this stage we have a lot to give back to the ANC."

Msimang says the former president must do the right thing.

"Everyone who claims to be ANC regardless of difficulties we might have has a responsibility to come out and support the ANC."

The Gauteng ANC says it hopes the former president will join it during its campaigns before the elections.