Johannesburg - Former president Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday signed a pledge that he would be voting for the African National Congress (ANC) in the May 8 elections, after he previously said his vote would be a secret.
Mbeki visited the ANC Pavilion at the Rand Easter Show, in Johannesburg, as part of the ruling party's election campaign. He has stayed away from the ANC’s election campaigns since he was ousted at the 2007 Polokwane conference in favour of former president Jacob Zuma.
He said it was difficult for him to campaign for the ANC under Zuma's leadership because of the "wrong things" that were happening during that period.
"I could not personally come and say to a person vote for the ANC, knowing very well the wrong things that were happening. It would not be honest of me to go and tell people to vote," he said.
"The manifesto of the ANC, it's got a section which talks about the ANC has made many mistakes, that it has also veered off course and talks about the consequences of that which includes corruption, loss of integrity, lawlessness. It was very important that the ANC should say that, to say to the people of South Africa that we recognise these things."