Time for Sisulu to rise to ANC helm

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Farouk Araie

SOUTH Africans must choose a fe­male pres­i­dent in 2019. Only 10 coun­tries in the world had fe­male heads of gov­ern­ment as of Jan­uary 2017. It is al­most a cliché that get­ting more ded­i­cated women into power is a pru­dent way to tackle and com­bat cor­rup­tion. Re­cent anec­do­tal ev­i­dence would seem to sup­port the view that with women in power, cor­rup­tion di­min­ishes. There is a di­rect re­la­tion­ship be­tween the lev­els of democ­racy and the pre­sen­ta­tion of women in lead­er­ship and the qual­ity of gover­nance. In our case, one woman who tow­ers above the rest in the ANC is Lindiwe Sisulu.

She has a sur­vivor’s sharp sense of power and de­vo­tion to rel­e­vant facts. She is never afraid to be a lone voice. She has risen due to her po­lit­i­cal acu­men and lead­er­ship qual­i­ties.

A fear­less and out­spo­ken per­son, she re­minds us of the words of Martin Luther King Jr: “Our lives end when we keep our si­lence on im­por­tant is­sues.”

Many within the ANC re­alise her lead­er­ship skills and strength. She is a true fem­i­nist to the core, a woman of sub­stance who seeks to help the coun­try through a test­ing phase.

She pos­sesses all the virtues of a car­ing woman who valiantly fights for women’s rights in a man’s world. There are three lead­er­ship qual­i­ties that Sisulu has that no­body in the ANC can match: pas­sion, de­ter­mi­na­tion and con­fi­dence. She is cold and cal­cu­lat­ing at times, but in a cri­sis, there is an air of re­as­sur­ing sta­bil­ity around her.

Her IQ ex­ceeds all of her cabi­net col­leagues com­bined. Even amid lethal tur­bu­lence over state cap­ture, her com­po­sure re­mains serene. Her il­lus­tri­ous family cre­den­tials and pedi­gree shaped her char­ac­ter in a man­ner that makes her uniquely pre­pared to con­front the nu­mer­ous chal­lenges we are bound to face over the next three years.

She has be­come an in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful force, even as a woman in a so­ci­ety dom­i­nated by pa­tri­ar­chal ide­olo­gies. She is in­deed our “Joan Of Arc”. Po­lit­i­cal cap­ture does not ex­ist in her vo­cab­u­lary. Her de­ter­mi­na­tion to stand up to po­lit­i­cal de­cay will bring an end to en­demic cor­rup­tion. With­out her at the helm, the ANC, will be rel­e­gated to the op­po­si­tion benches at the next elec­tion.

Lindiwe Sisulu tow­ers above the rest in the party


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