Former president Thabo Mbeki has declined overtures from the ANC and the breakaway group. Reports today say, instead, he will be forming his own civil pressure group to promote democracy.
Although all eyes are on the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday, Mbeki will not deliver an address at the convention despite an invitation from Mbhazima Shilowa, one of the breakaway group’s leaders.
It is believed that he has had enough of party politics. This also applies to his involvement with the ANC.
Reports say he apparently said this in a recent conversation with ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, but that he was either misunderstood or that his words were deliberately twisted.
He would rather establish a civil pressure group, which enjoys the support of various brown and black leaders, including clerics and academics.
Meetings are currently being held countrywide and an announcement can be expected soon.
In the meantime, the contents of his letter to ANC leader Jacob Zuma have been leaked. Mbeki says in the letter that neither the breakaway group nor the ANC may use his name to promote their own objectives.