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ANC GP says won't be begging anymore for Mbeki to campaign for the party

ANC Gauteng Chairperson Paul Mashatile says they have now accepted Mbeki won’t be helping.

Former President Kgalema Motlante along with ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile on an electioneering campaign trail in Soweto. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile says the provincial party won't be begging anymore for former President Thabo Mbeki to help the party campaign for next week's elections.

Mashatile spoke to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of President Jacob Zuma's address at Thokoza Park in Soweto yesterday.

The Gauteng ANC has managed to get the support of ANC stalwarts such as Mavuso Msimang, Tokyo Sexwale and Ahmed Kathrada.

But Mbeki still hasn't heeded the provincial party's request for him to assist.

Mashatile says they have now accepted he won't be helping.

"I think we're fine. If more people come, good, but I think we're fine. Mr. Mbeki indicated that he's still a good member in good standing and for us that's enough."

Last week, Mashatile said he believed Mbeki's help would aid the party to garner more support for the province.

'MBEKI MUST PUT DIFFERENCES ASIDE'

Last week, Msimang and Sexwale said Mbeki has a responsibility to campaign for the party regardless of his differences with the leadership.

Following reports that Mbeki's family distanced itself from the ANC, the former president sent out a statement 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 said 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 said the former president must do the right thing.

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