Johannesburg - Lindiwe Sisulu kicked off her campaign for the presidency of the African National Congress in Soweto on Saturday by asking ANC members to regain confidence in the ruling party.
She was delivering a Nelson Mandela memorial lecture to a packed hall at the Walter Sisulu Kliptown Square.
Sisulu told those gathered that the ANC was not for sale and that members could no longer allow for the party to be harmed.
"We need to ensure our party is greater than any faction, greater than anything money can buy. There's no need to rebuild it or restart it's history over again. What we ought to do is go back to history, the history that made us who we are today," she said.
Sisulu further said leaders needed to cleanse the ANC and recover it's original values.
"These are challenges worth facing because our nation is going through one if its most difficult moments and our people are wondering why we are dithering," she said.
Sisulu, who has accepted a nomination for the ANC president position, urged her supporters to stand with her to regain the honour of being a revolutionary.
"I would like you to stand with me so that we can earn something more valuable than money," she said.
She further implored them to stand with her to save the ANC.
"Saving the ANC is to save South Africa and the life and the destiny of yourself, your families, your children and your children's children," she said.
She described Kliptown as a sacred ground that consolidated a decades-old history of brave resistance to white rule into a more structured and theoretically sound movement.
"This is a hallowed ground where the organisational and social basis of the Congress Movement developed into concrete political and social economic principles.
"This is the place where non-racial and non-sexist values permanently became etched into the souls of the Congress Movement. This is the home that gave us a shared chance vision for the future," she said.