Lindiwe Sisulu says she has the right to attend an ANC stalwart conference
The gathering, which got under way at Constitution Hill Johannesburg on Friday, was denounced by the ANC’s leadership
ANC presidential hopeful Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the outcomes of the stalwart’s consultative conference will be submitted to the party.
The gathering, which got under way in Johannesburg on Friday, was denounced by the party’s leadership.
In an interview with Business Day, Sisulu said she was exercising her right to resort to consultations in the time of crisis within the party, by attending the gathering at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.
While she was hoping the resolutions taken at the conference would be internalised by the party, she said should the ANC reject the suggestions, they would make sure the public was informed of their proposed solutions for how the ANC could get itself out of the paralysis it finds itself in.
"We, as members, who are finding ourselves in a situation where we think we can help are going to put those things forward to them, if they throw them into the dustbin, we will have made sure the public knows what our thinking processes are and how we can get ourselves out of it," she said.
This week ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe distanced the party from the event, which was organised by its stalwarts.
He said those who attended the conference would be representing the ANC, but they would rather be doing so as individual members of the party.
Sisulu said the party had not discussed the consultative conference and the decision not to support it was only made by ANC officials.
"The officials have made their point clear …I would have thought the most natural thing would be to allow a process that would introspect, diagnose the problem without the normal factions that you find in the ANC," she said.
The conference will continue until Sunday and was expected to attract 500 ANC leaders and branch members.