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The nations speaker is unhappy that her presidential ambition is at stake and has lamented over to the bitter infighting within the ruling party. About 200 people waited up to four hours at the Orange Farm Multipurpose Centre for Mbete to address them. Her first stop was at the impoverished township’s community radio station, Thetha FM, where she spoke against women abuse and femicide.

Mbete, an ANC presidential hopeful, told party members yesterday that the election would not be smooth sailing.

She also said those who had left the ANC should be brought back as 2019 would not be easy.

With four days to go the much-awaited vote on the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma, Mbete chose to focus on her campaign for the ANC’s presidency.

“I don’t think there’s anyone here that would want to see us under Mmusi Maimane, 2019 is not going to be smooth sailing,” Mbete said.

She said the ANC needed to fix itself and unite because lack of unity will destroy the party ahead of the next poll.

“Those who have left should be brought back because 2019 is not going to be easy, comrades. If we continue with this disunity and not build this movement, it means we are going to lose in 2019,” she said, speaking in Xhosa.

“What will Oliver Tambo say? What will Mandela say?”

Mbete also praised President Jacob Zuma for appointing “young and energetic” Fikile Mbalula as police minister.

She said Mbalula’s appointment had brought fear to criminals.

Orange Farm youth leader, Ntando Dlamini, one of the organisers of Mbete’s visit, didn’t beat about the bush regarding the ruling party’s national chairwoman’s visit.

“As she’s standing for president in the much-awaited December ANC elective conference, we have invited her to come here and tell us what she has in store for us, especially the youth and women” Dlamini said.

Six names are standing for the ruling party’s presidency, with Mbete, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, former African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Lindiwe Sisulu, former treasure-general Mathews Phosa, and minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe, having received nominations already.