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Lindiwe Sisulu outlines uniting ANC as top priority in campaign

Sisulu, who is also Human Settlements Minister, formally accepted a nomination to stand for ANC president.

Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) member Lindiwe Sisulu has outlined uniting the party as one of her top priorities during her presidential campaign.

Sisulu, who is also Human Settlements Minister, formally accepted a nomination to stand for ANC president.

She addressed party members at the East London International Convention Centre on Saturday.

Several branches, including some in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and The Western Cape, had approached her to join the ruling party’s presidential race.

With her campaign officially underway, Sisulu will join a fiercely contested election for the ANC’s top leadership position.

Sisulu has previously said the ruling party is ready for a female president to lead it to the 2019 general elections.

She told her supporters on Saturday her goal is to ensure the ANC is united and scandal-free.

The Human Settlements minister, however, acknowledged this will be a difficult task something she’s prepared for.

Sisulu has called on her supporters, which includes Eastern Cape ANC Women's League members, to back her in her quest for the top job.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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