ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Lindiwe Sisulu says she plans to restore the integrity of the ANC amid a perception of corruption and growing disillusionment.
"It is no longer possible for anyone with conscience to sit back and see what is going through @MYANC and turn the other way."— 702 (@Radio702) July 16, 2017
Sisulu, who is also Human Settlements Minister, formally accepted a nomination to stand for ANC president.
Sisulu says she wants to be part of the solution in the ANC and says the ruling party's current state could be detrimental in the run up to the 2019 general elections.
Several branches, including some in the Eastern Cape, KZN and the Western Cape, had approached her to join the ruling party’s presidential race.
Sisulu says she insisted on waiting until after the ANC's national policy conference before making her announcement.
With her campaign officially underway, Sisulu will join a fiercely contested election for the ANC’s top leadership position.
She says ANC members have the right to nominate more than one woman candidate and maintains that contestation does not have to be divisive or malicious.
Sisulu: Members said they had not given up their right to nominate a woman & were surprised that ANCWL decided to nominate one woman only.— 702 (@Radio702) July 16, 2017
"The idea was woman president, not one woman or the woman. A woman president. I don't want my supporters to be a part of anything divisive."— 702 (@Radio702) July 16, 2017
It doesn't have to be divisive and ugly going to December.— Lindiwe Sisulu, ANC NEC member and Human Settlements Minister
"Contestation doesn't have to be divisive & ugly going to the December elective conference", says ANC presidential candidate Lindiwe Sisulu.— 702 (@Radio702) July 16, 2017
Sisulu says it is unacceptable that the party has been brought into disrepute by state capture allegations and says all implicated ANC members, including President Jacob Zuma, must face disciplinary action.
"@MYANC needs to step up and look at the emails to see if there is any truth to them. And anyone implicated should be called to answer."— 702 (@Radio702) July 16, 2017
She spoke about the importance of female representation and gender equality in the ruling party.
Sisulu outlined the top priorities for her presidential campaign and says her manifesto is being finalised.
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