Sisulu: 'I didn't question Mantashe's struggle credentials'

2017-10-18 16:36
Minister of Human Settlements and ANC presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu. (File photo: GCIS)

Minister of Human Settlements and ANC presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu. (File photo: GCIS)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - ANC presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu has dismissed reports of an "orchestrated dirty tricks campaign" that she questioned party secretary general Gwede Mantashe’s struggle credentials. 

"Comrade Lindiwe did not at any point make reference to former exiles and political prisoners when addressing her concerns on the posture of Comrade Gwede," her campaign team said in a statement released on Tuesday.

"Such utterances, as falsely attributed to her are inconsistent with her character, and conduct and do not reflect her views on the democratic practices within the ANC."

Read more

In the statement, Sisulu also hit back at ANC parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu who slammed her reported comments as being "politically immature" and "disappointing".

Sisulu said his comments were unwarranted as the media reports were inaccurate. 

"We also make a call to ANC Chief Whip, Comrade Jackson Mthembu, to exercise caution in the future if he is to publicly comment on matters pertaining to a member of the ANC caucus he leads," she said. 

According to media reports, Sisulu attacked Mantashe’s character, blamed him for divisions in the party and took issue with his comments endorsing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to replace President Jacob Zuma. 

Sisulu has defended that criticism of Mantashe: "Our view remains that Comrade Gwede’s choice of the candidate over others makes his position as the custodian of the elective conference untenable as his office is required to be impartial."

Mantashe on Tuesday defended his comments about the deputy ascending to the presidency. 

No free for all

"An organisation that is 105 years old must manage succession, we cannot have a free for all… I am raising it as a principled issue because if we don’t manage it [succession] there will be chaos," he said.

"If we are overlooking the deputy president we must explain to the party and society that these are his weaknesses, then the ANC will be at peace with itself."

Sisulu said Mantashe's suggestion that no woman can lead the ANC were "incorrect and troubling".

"It also reveals a deeply troubling patriarchal attitude which has no place in the office he holds, and particularly an organisation that has led society on the question of non-sexism,” the statement said.

At least three women, including Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Baleka Mbete are contesting the party's top post.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

News24 (@News24) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from News24 (@News24). News24 is Southern Africa and Africa's premier online news resource reaching over 2.3 million local users each month.

Read more on:    anc  |  gwede mantashe  |  lindiwe sisulu  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.