Ekurhuleni branch endorses Cyril slate
The largest ANC branch in Ekurhuleni has given Naledi Pandor the nod to be Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's running mate, agreeing to leave fellow contender Lindiwe Sisulu out in the cold.
Tlou Chokoe, chairman of the 601-member strong Enoch Sontonga branch situated in Ward 1, Ivory Park, near Midrand, yesterday said that its members had lost patience with Sisulu following failed efforts to get her to commit to Ramaphosa's slate.
Chokoe said branch members had turned against Sisulu after she insisted on running her own campaign to succeed President Jacob Zuma as ANC head next month. Her public rejection of the Ramaphosa campaign's overtures and her spat with secretary-general Gwede Mantashe had sealed her fate.
"We have always agreed with other branches that let's go with the name of comrade Lindiwe Sisulu. We appreciated her energy, her read-to-work attitude and we believe that she would be the right woman to occupy that position [deputy president] but while we were lobbying other branches, then we hear that comrade Lindiwe [is] lobbying Ramaphosa [to be her deputy].
"We could hear her saying, 'It's a Must', but funny enough, there were no branches [backing her]. We thought that by nominating her, she would stop with this thing of going to the media," said Chokoe.