ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has poured cold water on Monday’s visit to former ANC and country president, Thabo Mbeki, by leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Mantashe said there was nothing special about the EFF visiting Mbeki
“The ANC’s approach of leadership is to meet everybody. There’s nothing special about Mbeki meeting EFF,” Mantashe said on Monday while briefing the media on his party’s state of readiness for the elections.
His comments come after the EFF leadership on Monday paid Mbeki a courtesy visit at his Johannesburg home to canvass his vote for Wednesday’s local government elections.
EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told African News Agency (ANA) that the party had visited the former statesman to achieve two objectives.
“The leadership of the EFF visit president Mbeki on two things, firstly to canvass his vote, and secondly, to formally introduce the leadership of the EFF to him because the EFF is a significant player in the political space in South Africa,” Ndlozi said.
“President Mbeki received us extremely well. He even walked us out and gave us hugs when we left.”