Don’t sell or buy votes – Sisulu

CityPress - - News - SETUMO STONE and S’THEM­BILE CELE setumo.stone@city­press.co.za

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

PHOTO: ELIZABETH SEJAKE

Lindiwe Sisulu launched her ANC pres­i­dency cam­paign at Wal­ter Sisulu Square

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