Speaking at the East London International Convention Centre on Saturday, where she officially agreed to stand in as presidential candidate, Sisulu said no one in the ANC is allowed to intimidate the other based on different preferences on leaders.
Several ANC Women’s League regions have endorsed Sisulu, saying she has the experience to be the next party leader.
Her nomination is in defiance of the ANC Women’s League call to back Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the only female candidate in the upcoming ANC national conference.
Dlamini-Zuma and ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa appears to be the frontrunners in the presidential race, while ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete has also thrown her name in the hat to succeed Zuma.
“We have a code of conduct in the run-up to the national conference. Should anyone intimidate you for your choice of leaders, you have got the right to report that person to the disciplinary committee of the ANC,” Sisulu assured delegates.
Her supporters, who attended the gathering, claimed to come from the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Limpopo and Northern Cape.
Sisulu has asked her supporters to run her campaign with integrity, adding that she will focus on fighting corruption.
“We have now entered a phase of open lobbying, let’s not indulge in divisive tactics like gate-keeping and vote buying. The ANC is not for sale.
“If they give you money, use it, but vote with your conscience,” Sisulu said, according to the Sunday Independent.