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Johannesburg - The ANC has asked former president Thabo Mbeki for help in capturing Gauteng's middle class voters, the Sunday Times reports.
“We are pulling out all the stops and using all the resources of the ANC,” the party's Gauteng provincial secretary David Makhura told the paper.
He said the African National Congress would hold house meetings and public dialogues headed by Mbeki, the country's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
The paper reported that the strategy arose out of fears of President Jacob Zuma's unpopularity with the middle class.
Zuma would instead be used to woo the poor and working class voters in the province.
“The president is leading our direct contact with the people. He is not going to be in those house meeting (in the suburbs). We are using him for big community meetings and door-to-door work,” he said.
Makhura told the paper that Cabinet ministers such Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba would be used to try and win over young voters. - Sapa