Presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu has approached Deputy President and Presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa to run with her as the deputy in the coming ANC presidential election.
Lindi we who was previously approached by the Deputy President to become his running mate turned the tide by requesting that he become her deputy instead.
One of the reasons behind her refusal was that she believed it was women’s time to correct all the mistakes done by the men and that this is an opportune time for the ANC to elect a woman or women at the top, especially from the current qualitative female candidacy, she said.
“We firmly believe that this is the time for women to actually take their rightful place in society and lead society. I believe in women, most of us believe that they are the anchors of our society, of our families and all of those institutions that we hold dear,” Sisulu said.
“The ANC has groomed enough women – any of the women who are standing – to be able to take us forward… For 105 years of the ANC’s existence, men had been at the helm and I don’t see right now why it should not be a woman” she said.
She had earlier distanced herself from claims on social media that she is a candidate to be a deputy president of the ANC in a ‘slate’ where Mr Mathews Phosa is president
Lindiwe, who has been a member of the parliament since 1994, and member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress called for the powers of the president’s should be curtailed and diversified into the collective. And, if elected, she would ensure that happened.
She said if she becomes the President, she would make that happen.
“There isn’t any single power that can be vested in the [ANC] presidency and I think it’s wrong.
“Partly where it was wrong was that our constitution was not adjusted to ensure that there was a collective power. The only time that we take collective responsibility is when something has gone wrong,” Sisulu said, pointing out that the ANC decisions were mostly taken by a few people and the time to change this had arrived.
“I think […] one of the things that we can change is to make sure that we can diversify the power of the president into a collective,” she said.
The Presidential hopeful, also currently serving as the Minister of Human Settlement, vehemently dismissed as “malicious” some claims that her campaign relied on her famous Sisulu name, saying that she in her own right suffered oppression at a young age through imprisonment, being forced into exile and even joined MK.
But observers believe that Sisulu and Ramaphosa are playing a political mind game with the public.
“The fact that Sisulu is in Ramaphosa’s slate is a clear indication that they are [already] working together,” an ANC member said.