- Sisulu made herself available to be elected as the new ANC president
- However, most people feel she might end up as deputy president instead
- After Ramaphosa snubbed her from his presidential slate, Sisulu said she does not support slates
When asked who Lindiwe Sisulu is, people had some pretty bizarre answers:
Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu, born 10 May 1954,is a South African politician, member of parliament since 1994, and member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress.
She is the daughter of Walter and Albertina Sisuluand.
The postions she fulfilled were:
Minister of Housing from 2004 to 2009,
Minister of Public Service and Administration from 2012–2014,
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans from 2009 to 2012,
Minister of Human Settlements since May 2014 until present.
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Sisulu returned to her former portfolio of Human Settlements in 2014, and has currently made herself available for the position of ANC president.
Sisulu made a few ANC slates, the Sarah Baartman’s 73 branches revealed earlier this month that they would want to see Sisulu as one of the deputies. Chris Hani also named Sisulu as their ideal deputy president alongside Ramaphosa.
While ANC members and the general public alike all believed that Sisulu would end up as Ramaphosa’s Deputy President, the current deputy president thought otherwise.
Ramaphosa snubbed Sisulu when he named his ideal presidential slate, including Naledi Pandor as his deputy if he wins.
Sisulu was not happy about Ramaphosa’s slate and had a lot to say.
”Unfortunately, the recent pronouncement of a slate can only plunge our movement further into the quagmire of disunity and divisions currently plaguing our body politic. It is tragic that USA-styled politics, which was alien to the ANC tradition, has gained traction is some sections of our movement,” said Sisulu.
”When all is said and done, ownership of the elective conference is with the ANC branches, and already, a significant part of these branches have decided on their leadership preferences.”
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However, not all hope is lost for Sisulu to become president. A poll that ran in Junethis year shows that Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu came third in a public vote with 7% although she had not declared her availability at the time of the survey.
The elections in December might still go in anyone's favour.
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