The ANC in Gauteng has set the cat among the pigeons by saying it wanted to use ex-president Thabo Mbeki and other urbane former and current leaders to help campaign among middle-class voters in the province.
President Jacob Zuma, they said, would be deployed to poor and working-class areas. Predictably, this did not go down well with the Luthuli House barons and Zuma's acolytes in the province as the implication was that the president would put off middle-class voters.
But why would the people who benefited most from the ANC government have undecided loyalty at the polls?
The 1999 elections was the first time the ANC was on the campaign trail for the national and provincial polls as a governing party. The ruling party had a five-year honeymoon period under Nelson Mandela's leadership to campaign on and it was carrying its crown prince, and anointed heir, Thabo Mbeki to the throne.
Mbeki had become ANC president two years before but because of his aloofness and enigmatic ways, people still didn't know much about him.
But the country was alive with excitement and expectation. To capture the mood, the ANC used a hit song by South Africa's biggest...