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Eastern Cape weakens Mbeki's third-term bid

By unknown | Sep 28, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sowetan Reporter and Sapa

Sowetan Reporter and Sapa

President Thabo Mbeki's bid for a third term in office yesterday received what could be a deadly blow.

This after Eastern Cape's Nelson Mandela regional ANC chairman, Mike Xego, withdrew his support for Mbeki to stay in office for a longer period. Eastern Cape is said to the biggest supporter of Mbeki's third term.

Nelson Mandela Bay region is one of the influential regions in the province and Xego, a former member of the Eastern Cape provincial legislature, is also highly influential in the area.

The Herald yesterday reported Xego saying: "There is a danger of not being effective after a long time in office and of not being in touch with the needs of the people."

The decision by the Nelson Mandela Bay was expected to influence the stance of the ANC in the Eastern Cape on whether or not to back Mbeki.

But ANC provincial secretary Siphatho Handi disputed that Xego had changed his mind and said the province still "strongly supports" Mbeki.


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