- Lindiwe Sisulu believes that she stands the greatest chance of being nominated as deputy president
- Since Ramaphosa has chosed Naledi Pandor as his deputy, if the branches want Sisulu she will only accept if he asks very nicely and in public
- Sisulu has fallen out of the presidential race and has set her sights on deputy president
ANC national executive council member Lindiwe Sisulu has not written off the idea of becoming the next deputy president. That is if Cyril Ramaphosa wins the heated presidential contest.
Briefly.co.za has learned that this is despite Ramaphosa choosing Naledi Pandor as his deputy. If Ramaphosa is forced to take Sisulu on as deputy through the will of the party, Sisulu will only accept if Ramaphosa asks her publicly to accept the position.
She has revealed that she told Rampahosa as much, even go so far as to tell him to go down on one knee to ask her to join him according to news24.com.
Sisulu has bowed out of the presidential race after failing to receive the necessary provincial nomination required to contest the elections, and she doesn't believe that she will get any nominations from the floor.
She is still confident that she will get the deputy presidency after four of the five provinces which endorsed Ramaphosa also selected her as his deputy.
Her competition for deputy president from the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma faction is David Mabuza, the chairman of the Mpumalanga province. She also has to contend with Zweli Mkhize who received the nomination for deputy president from Sisulu's home province of the Eastern Cape.
She believes that she stands a better chance than Naledi Pandor because of the support from the branches, but Pandor still may get more nominations from the floor.
As one of three women who has contested for the ANC presidency, a historic milestone for the party, she said that her budget was dwarfed by that of Ramphosa and Dlamini-Zuma.
"I had a shoestring budget and didn’t have a slate, but we have received the kind of support that says it is possible to run a proper election campaign without negative attributes."
She pleaded with delegates to vote with their hearts and not to allow greed to influence their decisions, echoing the sentiments of Zweli Mkhize.
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