Minister Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has officially announced her intentions to join the presidential race in the South African ruling party, the ANC.
The minister who has been a member of parliament since 1994, and a member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC), said she would avail herself for a top position at the ANC if South African supports her.
This comes at the time when women, especially in all African countries are urged to actively involve themselves in political activities.
Lindiwe Sisulu served as a minister for under Mbeki and Zuma starting with her appointment as Minister of Housing from 2004 to 2009. This was followed by her appointment as Minister of Defence and Military Veterans from 2009 to 2012.
She is currently serving as Minister of Human Settlements an appointment she assumed since May 2014. But before then, she was named Minister of Public Service and Administration from 2012–2014.
Born to ANC leaders Walter and Albertina Sisulu in Johannesburg, Sisulu has no doubt been diligent in services to the ruling Africa National Congress and to South African people.
But, taking part in a crucial presidential race as this, the minister must have thoroughly considered what this would mean for her, the ANC members and the entire South Africa.
Earlier this year, she was reported to be among the Seven other ANC members and ministers who faced death threats for taking stands against President Jacob Zuma and his cronies.
Insisting never to bow to threats, Lindiwe Sisulu openly declared her interest to save the ruling party from its failed state and restore people’s hope in the party.
“Branches must work out whether the person they want is the best person for that job. My displeasure is that the ANC allowed the leadership succession debate to have names attached to it before the policy conference while we don’t even know what we are looking for,” she said.
The minister also vowed not to keep her voice down about Zuma’s “misleading” even when the partisan thugs try to hunt her down. She is not afraid to throw herself into difficult situations and stands out as one of the most honest politicians in the ANC.
She would be battling it out with Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa among a few others if she eventually receives a meaningful support from South Africans, particular members of the ANC.
Some South Africans, however, believe she stands a better chance than Dlamini-Zuma who is criticised as being on the same bench with Zuma, and Ramaphosa who some party officials say electing him will be a bridge of the party’s policy.
She is a persuasive talker with more than enough evidence to prove she would keep to her promise of making a change in the ruling ANC.
Some, on the other hand, fear that Lindiwe Sisulu’s announcement could bring in a fresh faction within the ANC. It could also lead to the formation of yet another anti-Zuma group with people more determined never to compromise their values.