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There was a time I couldn't tell people to vote ANC, says Mbeki

Former President Thabo Mbeki is being guided by Gauteng Premier David Makhura and his team on Tuesday.

Former President Thabo Mbeki in the African National Congress (ANC) pavilion at the Rand Show. Picture: @GautengANC/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Thabo Mbeki has signed a pledge of support in the African National Congress (ANC) pavilion at the Rand Show.

The pavilion is part of the party's campaign for the upcoming elections.

It’s also a historical showcase of the ANC and the party in the Gauteng government.

He is being guided by Gauteng Premier David Makhura and his team on Tuesday.

“When somebody comes into this pavilion, we’re able to take them through the story and journey of the Gauteng provincial government since 2014. Those who want to join the ANC, there is space that side for the ANC membership forms and ANC regalia.”

Mbeki said there was a time when he couldn't tell people to vote for the ANC because it had veered off course.

Speaking about why he had come out to campaign for the ANC after being absent from previous recent campaigns, he explained: “Why do I do this? It’s because there was a period I could not personally, in all honesty, come and say to a person ‘David, please come and vote for the ANC’, knowing very well the wrong things that were happening.”

However, he is now calling on all registered voters to put their confidence in the party.

The former president said the organisation was trying to make a detailed commitment and he was now comfortable urging people to put their trust in the party.

“Of course, the ANC went off course, there must be reasons for that in order to ensure that it doesn’t recur.”