Don’t sell or buy votes – Sisulu
ANC national executive committee member Lindiwe Sisulu pulled no punches on Saturday, declaring she was ready to fight to reclaim the ANC.
Sisulu officially launched her campaign in Kliptown in Soweto, which she described as “sacred” and “hallowed” ground, a week after breaking her silence and pronouncing her availability to serve as ANC president if elected by party branches in December.
The iconic Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown played host to the Congress of the People gathering in 1955 when the Freedom Charter was adopted.
Ahead of the event in Kliptown, Sisulu told City Press that she wanted people to know what she was about.
“It would be arrogant to call it a manifesto but I have worked out in the speech what it is that I would like them to understand about me. The return of the values of the ANC, that is fundamental.
“The ANC has a very proud history and it managed to galvanise not only South Africa, but Africa and the world because it had a reputation. It was around the quality of the organisation and what it stood for as well as of the leaders it had. If we restore that heritage back to the ANC, I think we will solve most of the problems that we have,” she said.
Sisulu formally accepted the nomination for the top job at an event in East London last week but she has quietly been on the campaign trail, entertaining invitations from branches considering her for the top position when the ANC heads to its elective conference in December.
While Sisulu has aimed high, there has been talk of her being deputy president on the Cyril Ramaphosa slate. Both their campaigns promise to restore the ANC of old as well as tackle corruption.
When asked what her plan was to rid the ANC of the perception that it is corrupt, Sisulu reiterated the call for
Lindiwe Sisulu launched her ANC presidency campaign at Walter Sisulu Square