As for the ANC, since Mbeki's axing as president in 2008, the party has been bleeding votes in the province - mainly among black professionals and the rest of the black middle strata.
Getting Mbeki's public endorsement, the party in the province hopes would assist in convincing these disaffected voters "to return home" and therefore prevent Gauteng from falling into the hands of a DA-led coalition government.
While these are perfectly acceptable campaigning methods, they tell us something that is worrying about the current leadership of these two parties - that they are not as appealing as they should be with their traditional constituencies and therefore have to rely on the credibility of past leaders.
They also tell us about the inability of our politics to look forward. With all the problems we are faced with, ranging from high youth unemployment to power shortages and the introduction of disruptive new technologies in companies, we are unable to find new leaders who will inspire SA to new heights.
Instead the parties fight this campaign relying mostly on past leaders - dead and alive.