'Appointing Bathabile Dlamini is Sisulu's act of defiance against the president'

The Mail & Guardian last week reported that Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was plotting to replace Deputy President David Mabuza.

The paper said she was allegedly loading her ministry with those loyal to her including hiring Bathabile Dlamini as Interim Board Chairperson of the Social Housing Regulatory Authority.

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This week, the paper reports that with Cyril Ramaphosa trying to take control of the African National Congress (ANC), Sisulu could be on the firing line.

Bongani Bingwa chats to the publication's investigative journalist Sabelo Skiti to give more insight on the story.

Sisulu is under pressure to defend her decision to hire Dlamini given how she conducted herself when she was the minister of social development.

Sabelo Skiti, Investigative journalist - Mail & Guardian

He says there seems to be some kind of wheeling and dealing within the top structures of the ANC.

When Ramaphosa came in, the split in the top six was four to two in his favour however, people are becoming increasingly frustrated with the president inability to take decisive action on a number of issues within the two factions. The split has shifted to the other side now.

Sabelo Skiti, Investigative journalist - Mail & Guardian

Ace Magashule finds himself as a key individual amongst the number of people who harbour aspirations for top office and amongst these people is Sisulu, he explains.

The appointment of Dlamini could be seen as an act of patronage, it is also an act of defiance against the president.

Sabelo Skiti, Investigative journalist - Mail & Guardian

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