The Race: Lindiwe Sisulu in it with a real chance?

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Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu addresses the National Assembly during a debate on President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address in Parliament on June 18, 2014 in Cape Town.

Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu addresses the National Assembly during a debate on President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address in Parliament on June 18, 2014 in Cape Town.

JOHANNESBURG - A new study shows Lindiwe Sisulu might have a real chance to win the ANC presidency.

Markdata and African Response tapped into 16 focus groups of ANC supporters living in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, and the Eastern Cape.

Respondents say the veteran politician is competent, but less popular than other candidates.

As Sisulu sets her sights on the ANC presidency, her message of rooting out corruption and renewing the party’s founding values is attracting support among members.

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Respondents also value her leadership experience after serving in several cabinet positions.

But other ANC members accuse Sisulu of only speaking out against the rot in government and party after revealing her intention to run for office.

And experience in government -- good or other otherwise -- isn’t enough to shake the patriarchal connotations associated with her campaign.

South Africa will know in less than 60 days if Sisulu pulls a surprise and wins the ANC presidency, or if another candidate beats her on the road to Nasrec.

* Read more about how The Race polls were conducted here.