Daily Dispatch

Sexwale ducks question on presidency aspiration­s


HUMAN Settlement­s Minister Tokyo Sexwale yesterday would neither confirm nor deny speculatio­n he was setting his sights on becoming president of the ANC.

Speaking while on a visit to Tsolo, Sexwale, who is also an ANC NEC member, evaded the question when asked if it was a position he was targeting.

“Let people answer for themselves. I don’t comment on those types of matters. I only comment on the work that I do,” said Sexwale.

He would also not say if he had launched a campaign to garner support in the Eastern Cape, but stressed his visit to Tsolo was nothing more than a visit to attend the 62nd anniversar­y celebratio­ns of the Indaba Zosindiso Interdenom­inational Church in Tsolo.

Sexwale, who flew to Mthatha Airport in his private jet, was accompanie­d by Abathembu traditiona­l leader Nkosi Mfundo Mtirara, who is also an ANC councillor in the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipali­ty, and Mawande Ndakisa, who is in the race for the ANC O R Tambo regional secretary position.

Ndakisa was one of those who campaigned vigorously for Zuma to become ANC president in 2007.

Although Sexwale visited Tsolo, Mhlontlo mayor Thandekile Sabisa, who is also the ANC O R Tambo regional chairman, was not present.

It was claimed he was attending the ANC centenary flame ceremony outside Bhaziya, which coincided with Sexwale’s visit to the OR Tambo region.

However, some of the ANC’S regional leaders met Sexwale at the airport before going to the ceremony.

Although Sexwale could not comment on whether he was eyeing the ANC presidency, sources close to him confirmed he was available.

“It’s already out that the man is available and a campaign has been launched and is gaining momentu said a source.

“But did you expect him to say he was standing?

“His answer was an indication to you he is standing, the writing is on the wall.”

The Daily Dispatch has learnt Sexwale will embark on a string of visits across the province in the coming weeks.

On June 1 he is expected in Queenstown and the following day (June 2) will address traditiona­l leaders in Mthatha, meet with Rhema Church leaders and attend a church ceremony.

After Sexwale met with church leaders led by the Council of Churches in the O R Tambo region, he later addressed thousands of worshipper­s at Indaba Zosindiso Interdenom­inational Church.

At the church he called upon leaders to listen to what was needed by the people.

“What is important is leaders must learn to listen. If you are a leader you must be led by others,” Sexwale said.

“A good leader is a good listener, like Nelson Mandela. You must always learn to humble yourself.

“We are here today to join you and also to help to see how this church can grow.

“I know this church through Winnie Mandela,” he said.

Sexwale called for special prayers for Mandela and promised to build a bakery for the church. — lulamilef@

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