The so-called "African National Congress rebels" who took the KwaZulu Natal executive to court say they are elated with the addition of Naledi Pandor to their slate.
In an unexpected move on Sunday, presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa announced Pandor as his running mate ahead of the elective conference.
He has also urged members to elect other leaders including ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, former chairperson of the party in KwaZulu Natal Senzo Mchunu and Gauteng Chair Paul Mashatile in the top six positions.
Ramaphosa says these are credible leaders who can renew the ANC to its original state.
Ramaphosa announced his preferred candidates to lead the ANC after December elective conference as follows: “Comrade Senzo Mchunu, secretary general, comrade Naledi Pandor, deputy president, comrade Gwede Mantashe, national chairperson, comrade Paul Mashatile, treasurer general.”
Spokesperson for the rebels, Sthembiso Mshengu, says Sisulu's negative remarks about proposed names on the slate have cost her.
“There’s been a lot of pronouncement by the other comrade whom we had been nominating for a while, up to a level where she openly declared that she is not prepared to serve under president Ramaphosa. Now, you can’t keep on nominating someone who is not prepared to work with someone that you so dearly trust and love.”