Minister of Human Settlements and daughter of struggle icons Walter and Albertina Sisulu, Lindiwe Sisulu gave a firm warning to her government.
Speaking at a memorial service for the late Ahmed Kathrada in Rylands in Cape Town on Wednesday night, Minister of Human Settlements, Sisulu reportedly told attendees that the current ANC leadership had become complacent.
The minister reportedly added that it was time to regroup and rebuild the African National Congress.
IOL reports that Sisulu says the ANC needs to “regroup and rebuild the organisation” after revealing how the party had “complained and explained” after losing the City of Cape Town, and similarly “complained and found an excuse” after losing the Western Cape.
“The truth that should stare all of us in the face is that if we lose the 2019 elections we will have completely dishonoured all those people who gave us everything. People are now marching against us. We did it before, but we were warned it will happen. We need to answer their questions.”
Further, she said that after losing three metros in 2016, “we did not heed the call of our people” and now that they are “marching against us” she said, “we are still in denial”.
It was further reported that Sisulu lamented that Kathrada had been disillusioned with “all of us” and went “to his grave with a sore heart.”
“What did we do? We sat on our hands and did nothing,” she said, adding that this time they had to “do it right,” telling attendee Denis Goldberg, Kathrada’s fellow Rivonia Trialist, that they needed his wisdom, and further thanked him for everything he had done.
(Featured images: Lucky Mofokeng, iAfrica)
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