Former president Thabo Mbeki has written to President Jacob Zuma‚ pleading with him to have talks with the 101 ANC veterans who have publicly expressed concerns about his leadership and the direction the country is taking. The veterans — who include Rivonia trialists Ahmed Kathrada and Andrew Mlangeni — last week expressed their frustration with the ANC head office team at Luthuli House‚ saying their attempts to speak to Zuma had been ignored and that secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s office showed no urgency in addressing their concerns. They were speaking at a briefing in Johannesburg on Thursday morning about their document, titled For the sake of our future‚ which was originally sent to the President and five senior office bearers of the ANC. Mbeki‚ who was out of the country when the veterans issued their statements last week‚ wrote to Zuma in his capacity as ANC president on Tuesday‚ appealing to him not to ignore the veterans. Mbeki warned Zuma that it would be against the t...

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