Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete says she is ready to lead the ANC.

The ANC Chair person said she was available for the top job.

“I have served in the ANC for just over 40 years and occupied various roles in the process, my latest being as the party’s first female national chairperson. And I have had the honour of serving as such two terms,” she said.

Mbete is now the third female candidate to raise her hand for the job, after former African Union commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and human settlements minister, Lindiwe Sisulu both announced their candidacies.

Mbete said she did not feel betrayed by the ANCWL’s decision to back Dlamini-Zuma, but she said she was a bit surprised.

“I was not hurt. A bit surprised – that I can say. But I don’t know whether it is my more than 40 years of being in politics that played a role.

“I was surprised, but I did not feel personally betrayed because you never have expectations in this game – because if you live on expectations, you will be hurt every day. You will die of a heart condition,” she said.