Lindiwe Sisulu ‘inspects’ military parade as campaign heats up
It seems the ANC’s decision to disband the MK Military Veterans Association does not matter to party member Lindiwe Sisulu. It’s no secret that Sisulu is running a campaign to potentially challenge Cyril Ramaphosa for the ANC presidency. With the ANC national elective conference taking place at the end of this year, Sisulu is gunning for votes. The Tourism Minister is now using her social media to show herself off in full military regalia.
Sisulu spent her weekend visiting members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association in Ekurhuleni. Sisulu “inspected” the group’s military parade and even sung and danced along to a few songs.
Sisulu says the event also discussed welfare issues for military veterans, access to adequate housing. And interestingly enough, the “recognition of MKMVAs”.
There is just one BIG problem though. The ANC National Executive Committee, which Lindiwe Sisulu is a part of, disbanded the MKMVA and MK national council almost a year ago.
ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte explained the decision by saying that so-called veterans associations can’t be full of people who are younger than 35. Well, she isn’t wrong on this one. The MKMVA had also thrown its support behind former President Jacob Zuma.
The group had vowed to protect his Nkandla homestead.
ANC campaigns in full swing
It’s an ANC elective conference year and that means people are being approached to run for top positions within the governing party. Former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize looks to be pushing back into the fold. There’s a new question too. Is Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka about to make a return to a senior ANC position.
Several Sunday newspapers have new reports on Mlambo-Ngcuka this week. And according to the former UN Women Executive Director, she has been approached to run for top party positions. In particular ANC Deputy President.
If Lindiwe Sisulu knocked Ramaphosa off his perch, could the ANC elect two women into its top positions