As the ANC elective conference draws closer, predictions on who will take the lead are getting more and more difficult.
With just three weeks ago Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma being the favorite, in same time Ramaphosa being labeled as the only ‘right’ person for the job. Just a week later, Zweli Mkhize was also added into the race.
Sisulu has been quiet since her declaration that she was ready to take over as President of the ANC, but her vocal willingness to hold Jacob Zuma to account for her actions seems to be winning over moderate members of the party.
She spoke to The Citizen over the weekend, during the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans conference in Nasrec, Gauteng.
The Minister of Human Settlements confirmed that she had been approached by the Ramaphosa campaign team to become his running mate. However, she flatly refused his sidekick offer. Sisulu claimed that this was the right time for a woman to lead the ANC, for the first time in its 105-year history:
“We firmly believe that this is the time for women to actually take their rightful place in 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.”
“This is an opportune time for the ANC to elect a woman or women at the top. Especially from the current qualitative female candidacy.”
“For 105 years of the ANC’s existence, men had been at the helm. I don’t see right now why it should not be a woman.”
[Source: The Citizen]