Several attempts to introduce a debate about South African Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s contentious views on the Constitution and the judiciary were scuppered during the ANC’s national executive committee meeting this weekend. City Press reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has remained quiet since the storm broke on Thursday, amid speculation about whether he would finally be pushed to act against Sisulu. However, some believe that firing Sisulu from Cabinet would elicit sympathy for her and help coalesce forces inside the ANC that do not want Ramaphosa to retain the presidency. This as Sisulu has been punted as a possible contender for the ANC presidency at the party’s national elective conference in December, where Ramaphosa is also expected to seek a second term as head of the governing party.
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