ANC limits journalists’ movements amid second transition rumours

2012-06-27 11:37

As rumours were doing the rounds that the ANC’s “second transition” proposal was being shot down by detractors of President Jacob Zuma, the party moved to limit the movement of journalists during closed sessions where these issues were being discussed.

Zuma’s detractors today said the second transition, or economic transformation, an issue pushed hard by Zuma, was rejected “in all commissions” during discussions last night and this morning by the “forces for change”.

Delegates were divided into 11 commissions to discuss organisational renewal and strategy and tactics, which includes the second transition proposal.

A provincial leader who doesn’t support Zuma said the second transition was successfully rejected.

“Only KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga and partly the Free State are in defence of it. It became clear that it is about President Zuma,” he said.

He said those in favour of a second transition were mostly quiet.

Delegates from KwaZulu-Natal, however, said it was debated but not rejected. And Zuma supporters said it looked as if the second transition would be adopted.

A delegate from the Western Cape, who is in favour of a leadership change, slammed Zuma for propagating the second transition as if it were already party policy, before he had even heard out the provinces about it.

But ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said delegates who leaked information from closed sessions limited the debates.

At an impromptu press conference over lunch, Khoza said journalists’ movements in the Gallagher Convention Centre complex would be restricted.

During closed sessions, the upper side of the complex, beyond the barricade, would be off-limits, he said.

During breaks, journalists are free to mingle.

“When sources go and leak what is said in (closed) commissions it limits people what they can say in commissions. We can’t say you can’t be here, but let’s say in certain times you can’t be here,” he said.

The press conference comes soon after a group of security guards were seen caucusing under a tree in the Gallagher Convention Centre complex.

Journalists were told to use the back entrance of the complex from today to prevent them from entering through the halls where the closed commissions would be held.

They were told to park at a shopping centre across the road.

On the first day of the conference there were problems with the police preventing journalists from using entrance roads to the complex, but the problem was resolved and the ANC apologised.

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