Former president Thabo Mbeki. Picture: TYRONE ARTHUR
Former president Thabo Mbeki. Picture: TYRONE ARTHUR

FORMER president Thabo Mbeki will not attend the African National Congress (ANC) national elective conference in Mangaung as he is scheduled to brief a meeting of the African Union security council in Ethiopia.

Thabo Mbeki Foundation chairman Dumisani Khumalo said on Saturday that Mr Mbeki was not expected to attend the ANC conference, which coincided with a conclusion of a year-long programme of the governing party's centenary celebrations.

Mr Mbeki was also absent last month when President Jacob Zuma delivered a lecture in his honour, leading to speculation that he may have snubbed the event.

The ANC fired Mr Mbeki in 2008 following a court judgment — which was later overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal — suggesting that there had been political meddling in the 2007 corruption case against Mr Zuma — which was dropped in 2009.

His removal from office sparked the formation of the Congress of the People, which won 7% of the electoral vote in the 2009 general elections, with the ANC falling short of the two-third majority it attained in 2004.

Mr Zuma was expected to stand for re-election in Mangaung, having secured the majority of votes during provincial nomination conferences.