African National Congress Treasurer-General Dr Zweli Mkhize says he is willing to work with any of the Presidential candidates should his campaign fail.

Dr Mkhize is one of the contenders for the position of ANC president. His bid for the top position appears to be lagging behind front runners Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Mkhize’s campaign message has been unity.

Factional struggles have torn the ruling party apart.

The December elective conference is further exacerbating the problem.

Mkhize says party leaders must lead by example.

“For the members, it is up to the leaders and for the members not to unite is up to the leader. We need to engage to ensure that at this conference we work on building the party.”

On his personal ambitions, Mkhize would not be drawn into the subject, simply saying he does not support slate politics and that he would avail himself to the ANC.

“We must send a message that we accept one another; we accept that of the candidates anyone can be elected and that others will be prepared to work and co-operate with whoever will be elected and if they are elected those will serve together and those who are not will be part of the broader pool of leadership.”

Dr Mkhize is confident the ANC conference would go ahead despite the delays around branch general meetings and the unresolved status of some province’s leadership.

Mkhize’s branch is one of at least 50 in KZN who have lodged disputes and still await outcomes from an NEC committee.