Following more than 10 days in which she has faced a barrage of criticism and blistering attacks from several sectors of society for her indescribably scornful and utterly mistimed comments about the constitution and the judiciary, Minister of Tourism, Lindiwe Sisulu has resurfaced at a setting one would not have anticipated - Church.
Amidst the flames of fire that she stoked, Sisulu has seemingly sought refuge at Kwazulu-Natal based Baptist Nazareth Church - prominently referred to as 'Shembe'.
She attended a service earlier today and quite predictably, she supplanted prayer for the church to pray for the unity of the African National Congress. In the same vein, and quite jokingly, she referred to the fact that the ANC has suffered losses at the recently-held Municipal elections to the IFP led capably by Velenkosini Hlabisa.
"Thank you all people of the Baptist Nazareth Church for providing me with this opportunity. I plead with your leadership to pray for us as the ANC to be united, because at recent times we were thoroughly beaten by Hlabisa," a jovial Sisulu said to a cacophony of laughter by the congregants.
She went on to say, "we need your prayers so that we can beat Hlabisa at the next election, I thank you, Shembe."
Quite curiously but interesting is the mere fact that amid controversy that she provoked, she opted to attend a church setting, and knowing that the relationship between the church and ANC leaders, one cannot entirely rule out the possibility that she was going there to personally ask for blessings as it relates to her presidential aspirations.
Politically, Sisulu has over the last few weeks emerged as a possible candidate to represent the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) faction against the incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 55th national elective conference in December.
And naturally, it makes perfect sense that she would visit societal and religious structures to lobby for support. In any way, we can only speculate as to her reasons to visit the Shembe Church but be rest assured, her next destination could well be Royal Houses. Watch this space!
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