Lindiwe Sisulu: Not part of faction

2012-03-20 22:27

Johannesburg - ANC NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu has distanced herself from reports that she was vying for a leadership position or was lobbied by a faction opposed to President Jacob Zuma.

"Comrade Lindiwe Sisulu, distances herself from ongoing media reports about her alleged involvement in factions [vying for] for the leadership of the ANC, as reported by various media," said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu on Tuesday.

"Cde Sisulu is a loyal member of the ANC. She is well-versed with the ANC constitution, its provisions and directives, including procedure on the election of ANC leadership."

Recent reports have linked Sisulu to an anti-Zuma faction which intends including her on a rival slate in the ANC top six.

The lobby group - reportedly comprising ANC provincial leaders - wants Sisulu for the position of deputy president, Planning Commission Minister Trevor Manuel for the position of treasurer general and Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile as ANC chairperson.

The report by the Mail & Guardian states that there was no indication that any of the three have agreed to accept nomination, or that they are affiliated to the group in any way.

The same group was attempting to mobilise ANC branches behind closed doors to replace Zuma with his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe and party secretary general Gwede Mantashe with Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, according to the newspaper.

Factually incorrect

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Sisulu was being touted together with Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as possible deputies, by those agitating for change at the December elective conference in Bloemfontein.

Mthembu said such media reports were "factually incorrect and devoid of the truth".

"They smack to tarnish the image of both the ANC and that of Cde Sisulu."

Mthembu said Sisulu had not been approached or lobbied for any ANC position by any structure or branch of the ANC.

"Secondly, as a disciplined member of the ANC, she had no intention to entertain or encourage practices that are foreign to the ANC, its principles and traditions, such as the promotion of factionalism and activities that seem to undermine the proper function of the ANC," he said.

"It would seem that nothing excites some sections of the media more than rumours of simmering conflict and factional activities within the ANC."

Mthembu accused the media of inventing rumours.

"Where there is no conflict in the ANC, some have taken upon themselves to invent rumour about conflicts in the ANC. Their attempts will remain in vain," he said.

Weekend reports said Motlanthe, apparently initially reluctant to challenge Zuma, was now prepared to contest Zuma for the top ANC post.

Motlanthe has indicated he would not entertain any talk of succession.

"Kgalema Motlanthe is the deputy president of the ANC. He is also deputy president of the country, having been appointed by the president to serve in that position," his spokesperson Thabo Masebe was quoted by Sunday Times.

"He is more concerned with exercising his duties in these positions. His future role in the leadership structures of the ANC will be determined by the national conference."

  • John - 2012-03-20 22:36

    Who will run into Mutiny without the army? I wonder who is the chosen one from the police? About Jeff Radebe...we all know Damn banana republic....

      Eduard - 2012-03-21 06:57

      you know what...anybody but Zuma's kind. I would rather have someone that is honest, than a snake

      Tugwana - 2012-03-21 11:27

      Viva banana republic! 99% of the bloggers here mock God's word. You know what happens when God word is mocked; banana republic, corruption, cronysm, graft, racism, e-tolls, an arrogant government, incompetence etc.

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-21 13:30

      What have you been drinking or smoking Tugwana? I would lay off that stuff if I was you! It could be hazardous for your health - it's already affected your one brain cell.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-21 14:16

      Jesus Christ Tugwana, god is a figment of your imagination

  • Jonathan - 2012-03-20 22:50

    This woman is a snake. What a circus with one clown trying to outdo the next. When are we ever going to be rid of the ANC and the destruction it leaves in it wake? When nothing is left to destroy?

      Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-20 22:58

      When Jesus returns.

      Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-20 22:58

      When Jesus returns.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-21 00:27

      Looking forward to the self-imposed destruction come Manguang. The party will tear itself apart December.

      Adam - 2012-03-21 04:01

      @DUNCAN your profile reads that you "like to be around honest people" so I assume you are not an anc voter.

      Phuti - 2012-03-21 09:51

      When DA can have a black leader & change it's name & include a statement to say how r they going to address the imbalances caused by apartheid .blacks can start to consider them seriously.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:21

      Phuit, you should seriously consider moving into the present and looking to the future. Why not be honest and admit you are hoping white peole will have to give you some of what they have?. If that is all apartheid mean to you, you are a hypocrite.

  • Sipho - 2012-03-20 23:54

    she is just as DUMB as the rest of those idiots in the ZUMA cabinet! only a fool or a complete moron regardless of the job or the title description,could work FOR a man who has a THIRD GRADE INFORMAL EDUCATION as ZUMA does!! so with those facts stated, how smart does that make her or the other UN bumbling fool mataie nkoana mashabane,or mantashe!? zulu's and xhosa's,the dumbest people on this planet,hands down!!

      Sterling - 2012-03-21 06:21

      That wasn't a very nice statement you made about the Zulus and Xhosa people in SA. you will find dumb people in every group in the world and so don't condemn all of these people. The ANC leadership should have never appointed Zuma as the leader of the ANC with a cloud of corruption over his head.

      Thulani Mputha - 2012-03-21 06:37

      I wonder what d name Sipho means Im sure u r confusing fact stick to what u r saying n if u r dump dont think Sipho every person is like u PUNK

      Hermann - 2012-03-21 07:20

      @ Sipho - I do not think tribalism, or for that matter racism, has anything to do with capability and honesty.

      Hugo - 2012-03-21 08:53


      jannie.beirowski - 2012-03-21 09:07

      You must please include yourself under the definition of 'dumbest people on this planet' to make such an undeserving comment. Actually I think you should replace 'on this planet' with 'within our universe' when the statement applies to you.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:23

      Thulani, Sipho is a troll, you want to ignore his messages.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-21 00:26

    ...but she is incompetent. Bigtime incompetent.

      Adam - 2012-03-21 04:05

      And it would take a truck-load of s##t to further tarnish her so-called reputation.

  • Lionel - 2012-03-21 06:05

    Typical ANC Byzantine style of politics: what's wrong with a robust contest for leadership? That's what democracy is all about, and that's why the DA will eventually run this country.

      Hugo - 2012-03-21 08:54

      dont hold your breath

  • Carry - 2012-03-21 06:09


      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:24

      Carry, what makes you think South Africa and Zuma is important to the rest of the world?

  • Obakeng MrTshiamo - 2012-03-21 07:02

    Its a fact: White South Africans are opposed to black leadership. It is the same mentality that informed the previous regime's racist policies. This country will never be run by the white moogos. Over our dead black bodies.

      Ken - 2012-03-21 08:15

      I'm a DA supporter and wouldn't mind Bantu Holomisa playing a major role in leading SA. You see the guy is intelligent and honest

      Hugo - 2012-03-21 08:58

      on the head.Whatever we bring they will shoot down.Only a few years ago Mandela was a terrorist and anti christ from moscow.But after mandela started preaching reconciliation(something apartheid theory didn't predict would happen),and voila! he became our Madiba,sad but true.

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-03-21 09:13

      Please correct your statement to read 'White South Africans are opposed to the CURRENT black leadership'. If you had any sense you would try to analyse why the whites are opposed and in so doing you may find yourself agreeing with their views.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:26

      Obakeng, you would rather have a stupid, corrupt, self enriching black person doing the ruining of the country. Now that is clever, how sad for you, you still have your head in the sand..

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:28

      Hugo, I agree. Just a pity his family isn't made of the same stuff.

  • Adam - 2012-03-21 07:08

    The anc seems to deny that it is cracking up into factions more and more these days. How would it be possible to have all these different tribes together, all agreeing with each other? Of course the different ethnic/tribes hate each other, and this is why they were a poor struggle organisation, and are now a poor struggling organisation. Your poor anc = your poor future. The outlook of the organisation, as a political party, cannot survive. The total brain power is too little, for their BIG egos. VIVA DA, VIVA FACTIONS, VIVA anc DEMISE.

      Hugo - 2012-03-21 09:01

      hate to break it to you but the ANC has always had factions.Some more serious than this esp since the ANC was still in exile and dependant on other countries but let me not stand in the way of a believer.

  • michael.e.bowery - 2012-03-21 07:08

    The British Queen and her people, are celebrating a Diamond Jubilee of her 60yrs on the throne behind a regularly changing, but stable government. She heads a Commonwealth of some fifty four countries all aspiring to political stability, human rights and multi faceted societies. Then you look at our rabble of a government, riddled with corruption, nepotism, mismanagement and theft and after only eighteen years, snapping and snarling at the heels of today's President in the rush for each to get a larger share of the loot - SOUTH AFRICA What a pathetic bunch they really are!

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:30

      Yes, and what has her Commonwealth done about dear Bob in Zimbabwe?.

  • Zimasa Yolanda Ngubelanga - 2012-03-21 07:50

    This is clearly a case of divide and conquer. Even though she distanced herself from the report, they're still published as fact *smh*

      Gerhard - 2012-03-21 11:36

      The problem with a democracy is that the dumb ones vote as well.

  • Hugo - 2012-03-21 09:01

    when is Mthembu going to release his much anticipated album(recorded at a police holding cell).

  • Vuyo - 2012-03-21 09:26

    South Africa is a RICH country with lots of resources , like NIGERIA . Some in the ANC are behaving like WAR-LORDS . A VIOLENT COUP is not far-off .

  • Peter - 2012-03-21 10:25

    So strange ... Jackson says "she distances herself". What does Cde Sisulu herself say I wonder?

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:17

    Lindiwe Sisulu has been dreaming of becoming South Africa's first female president all her life. She's loyal alright, to her own agenda and thta's that. She couldn't build houses and she can't run the military, we are really doomed if she takes over from Zuma.

  • Mark - 2012-03-21 11:23

    Decided to sit on the fence, have we Princess? Going to become painful and uncomfortable, soon you're going to have to make a decision........

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-03-21 13:27

    We'll see Mthembu, time will tell how much spin you broadcasted. But please - not that Sisulu female. Rather Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. She seems to have intelligence.

  • Matanje - 2012-03-21 17:27

    Preparin a sof landing4an ousted Zuma via his bosom "friend",Lindiwe? Haa!.Am surprised she's denying this coz I clearly recall reading a report where she acknowledged her own media readin of this but failed2make an outright denial of this or set the record straight as to who, according them as insiders of an ANC since privatized by pro-Eastern-Cape regionalism and tribalism by those who are relatives or fellow-tribespeople of Mandela& Walter Sisulu. Her 2nd denial after her 1st one in 2years shows she knows more than she's prepared2tell us.Her public denialism is all geared towards preparing the nation for a Lindiwe Sisulu as South Africa's president in the next 6 to 10 years seeing that Zuma is set for a fastforwarded outster with his bloodied nose due to the asinine spy tapes that put him to power, or the ongoing Nguni tribalism that saw him kicking a Pedi boy for no apparent reason.Yet Sisulu4a deputy Pres will make South Africans even more angry.If u look at her personal record ALONE,u can clearly conclude that the Sisulu together with the Mandela extended families like member Temba Templeton Matanzima, and a self-professed cousin called Zini-Bobelo, ARE THE 2 FAMILIES THAT BROUGHT SOUTH AFRICA HER NEW APARTHEID, MANDELASQUE XHOSA TRIBALISM. If you read my blog over this woman, then you realize she will be deputy president over my dead body

  • Richmond - 2012-06-11 08:36

    We should be concerned about the welfare of our country, not sleaze and swearing. It smacks of low morals. I am careful of screaming racism, as it is a subjective issue. Where we know as individuals that we are racist, we only then can attest about that.And do something about it, or not. The country? it has a flag and it has a Nation. Diverse and robust. Government? up to us voters to transform, change or talk to. I love you all South Africans. And I concede we have all sorts of problems. Let's be part of plausible solutions?? As W A Motzart said: "May THe Winds Be Gentle" Shalom.

  • Lincoln - 2012-06-22 08:58

    Fine MaSisulu is right let her nt shout on air as if people r elected on voluntary basis we will anounce her name once we get there in the conference and she knows very well that incumbents gets nominated fr their ability to do job and if i may evaluate her stance she deserves to be at the top be it the Pres or second to it.

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