African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful, Lindiwe Sisulu says President Jacob Zuma is to blame for the growing negative sentiments against the ruling party.

She claimed that the Gupta leaks, which implicated President Jacob Zuma, and the assault case against deputy president Mduduzi Manana are some of the negative sentiments against the ANC. These sentiments, she said, are evident in national shutdown protests that took place in the country recently.

Sisulu lamented that Zuma has caused the ANC so much pain and has left the party in an “awkward space”.

She said: “We are in an awkward space. The public mood seems to have been generated that the president should leave. We have seen this in protests. I don’t know why our system is taking time to deal with the matter.”

The outspoken ANC member also disclosed that her campaign to succeed Zuma as ANC president in December would be about restoring the character, trust and credibility of Africa’s oldest liberation movement.

“I am not fighting against anyone. We can give the hope that people had in the ANC,” she confidently said.

Lindiwe Sisulu’s presidential campaign is in full swing. She was nominated for the top post by ANC Women’s League structures in the Eastern Cape. In February, she alleged that she was threatened twice for speaking out against President Zuma.