Nelson Mandela – a celebration of an icon’s life

‘I’m ready to fight’ Sisulu

Sunday 23 July 2017 07:03


ANC NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu Nelson was speaking at the Mandela Memorial lecture in Kliptown in Soweto on Saturday.

ANC NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu Nelson was speaking at the Mandela Memorial lecture in Kliptown in Soweto on Saturday.

ANC NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu has officially launched her campaign to become the party's president while giving a Nelson Mandela Memorial lecture in Kliptown in Soweto.

With the slogan "It's A Must", Sisulu delivered her address to a big audience in the Walter Sisulu Square on Saturday.

The daughter of the late ANC stalwart Walter Sisulu says she will continue to fight for the ANC that was embodied by Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and her father.

“In the life of each one of us, there are crucial moments. They arrive without invitation, often without warning and nothing is more important than being alert, and
prepared to receive them with one's heart, and take them on within one's abilities. In my life this is one of those moments, that I have chosen today to come here to honor Madiba, to give this lecture, and give myself to him and the cause he fought I knew.

Sisulu asked branches to stand with her and support her presidential campaign.

“I'm ready to fight, so that we can reclaim these values that once were ours. I would like to urge you to stand with me, to regain the honour of being a revolutionary. I'd like you to stand with me so that we can earn something more valuable than money. That is integrity, honour, courage, heart, and respect. I would like for you to stand with me because, we have to save the ANC.”

The presidential hopeful highlighted what urgently is needed to be addressed in South Africa.

“I Lindiwe Sisulu have committed myself to these principles... I have committed myself to ensure that all of these things that I have counted as a must, they are a must, first of all to me. We must further ensure that we cry out loud, and say we must stop the killings in KwaZulu-Natal. It is alien to the culture of the ANC, it is not the culture of our movement. We must stop violence against women and children, it is alien to our culture - it must stop. We must stop corruption, it is alien to our movement and it is harming us. We must unshackle ourselves from the stronghold of undemocratic processes, the ANC is not for sale. So for heaven’s sake, don't let anybody buy your vote, and don't you buy anybody's vote.”

Campaigning for the position of ANC president is only expected to begin in September.

So far, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, former African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, ANC National Chairperson Baleka Mbete, former ANC treasurer-general Matthews Phosa and long serving NEC Member Jeff Radebe have declared their intentions to take on the top job.

A new president will be elected in December at the ANC elective conference.
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