Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mbeki declines ANC branch nomination

By Yamkela Xhaso
14 January

Former president Thabo Mbeki has declined nomination by five Gauteng branches who have nominated him to Parliament. Mbeki is said to be amongst more 300 ANC members who are nominated in Gauteng to serve in the next legislature.

However his spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga said Mbeki would not accept nomination and that he is going to focus on the issues. ANC’s National spokesperson Carl Niehaus says the party will comment on this during the party national conference in two weeks time.

“Any individual of the ANC can be nominated by other members of the African National Congress and it also a prerogative of such a person when such a nomination has taken place to indicate whether he or she in fact available for the precision”

“That is really the situation” said Niehaus

In the matter of the former president said Niehaus that it has been raised in that context as any other nomination on any other nomination of the ANC.

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