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Sisulu and Phosa officially join ANC succession race

Jul 17, 2017
Sisulu and Phosa officially join ANC succession race

The lead up to the African National Congress’s (ANC) Elective Conference got interesting over the weekend after Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and former ANC Treasurer, Matthews Phosa, officially joined the race to succeed President Jacob Zuma in December.

Sisulu is the Minister of Human Settlements and an ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member.

She addressed a women's forum at the East London International Convention Centre on Saturday where her campaign officially kicked off.

It is understood that about six branches - including some in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu –Natal and Western Cape had courted Sisulu to stand and be the ANC's next president.

The branches claim she is a capable and honest leader, free from any scandals.

“I have agreed,” Sisulu told the eNCA in an interview on Sunday.

She said that she has a daunting task ahead to return the “dignity” of the ruling party and securing a majority in the 2019 general election.

It's understood she has the backing of the ANC Women's League in the Eastern Cape.

Meanwhile, former ANC treasurer general Mathew Phosa gave a key note address during the OR Tambo memorial lecture at Kuyga Community Hall in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

He called for President Zuma, his entire cabinet and the top brass of the party to resign immediately over bad leadership.

Former Nelson Mandela Metro Mayor, Ben Fihla, who is now a special advisor to Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, delivered a message of support for Phosa.

Phosa has accepted the nomination from the local ANC.

The lecture was also attended by Western Cape ANC activist and Phosa key campaigner Andile Lili as well as Noki Plaatji, the ward councillor.

After the ANC's Policy Conference, candidates are now free to openly accept nominations from branches.