By Mthethwa Thandeka
Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, has confirmed that she had to take precautionary measures after receiving death threats. Sisulu confirmed this in Khayelitsha after she gave the Lillian Ngoyi memorial lecture. This comes after Sisulu was recently nominated to succeed President Jacob Zuma.
In her speech, the Minister pointed out that the ANC will suffer in the same way it did after the Polokwane saga in 2007 if it does not put its (Luthuli) house in order. Be that as it may, she’s optimistic that the liberation movement will overcome its current issues, reassuring the audience that the ANC will remain the ruling party after the 2019 elections.
“We will disagree on a regular basis,” said Sisulu, “but we are united under the banner of the ANC. Let us retain the dignity we have because every time we get to a place like Polokwane, we lose some of our members.”
Mcebo Dlamini, Former Wits SRC president, was in attendance to endorse Sisulu. “We’re not ashamed to be associated with you [because] you have no smallanyana skeletons,” said Dlamini.
While Sisulu’s name was on a hit list, along with that of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, it doesn’t look like any of that will dissuade her as she reassured the media that this is the first leg of her campaign towards being the first female president of the Republic.
“I have not yet confirmed it, but I have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure that I protect myself. I am capable of protecting myself, but that doesn’t discount any other protection there may be,” said Sisulu.