Analyst: Sisulu being over-looked is a good thing

Lindiwe Sisulu is not on any of the ANC's unofficial Mangaung slates.

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It has been suggested that Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is not on the ANC's leadership lists ahead of Mangaung because she is not willing to serve the interests of lobbyists.

Political analyst Sipho Seepe on Monday said Sisulu was considered by many as ANC royalty, and was previously seen as a possible candidate for the deputy presidency.

With some in the ANC pushing for more female representation in the top leadership, eyebrows were raised when it emerged Sisulu was nowhere in the Mangaung race.

Seepe said it was a good thing she was not nominated.

"What it does, which is probably good for her, is that it removes [her] from any controversy that may arise - especially controversy that leads to comrades being against each other."

Sisulu used to be considered by the ANC Youth League as a top leader, but members did not nominate her for Mangaung.

The long-serving Cabinet minister has in the past been described as a difficult person to deal with. She has clashed with opposition party members, as well as her own ANC colleagues, including ministers Tokyo Sexwale and Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

Delegates of the ruling party will elect its top six leaders at the ANC's national elective conference in December in Mangaung.

It is believed President Jacob Zuma and his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, will battle it out for the top ANC job.