Zuma: on education crises, land reform, and praise singing

2012-07-02 00:00

ANC President Jacob Zuma said last night that those responsible for the education crises in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape will have to account for their conduct.

Speaking to the SABC on various issues after the ANC’s policy conference, which was held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, Zuma said the Basic Education Department had some explaining to do about the textbook issue in Limpopo.

“The problem of textbooks in Limpopo is not a situation that has just emerged in the last few days. There will be consequences …” he said.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has come under fire for her role in the debacle in recent weeks, with City Press reporting yesterday that she had known of problems with the textbook tender from last year, but had not acted to address the situation.

Addressing the conference’s outcome, Zuma said there would be “visible” change in the country after the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung in December as the party implements the policy documents discussed at Midrand.

Asked if the ANC had adopted nationalisation as a policy, he said: “I don’t think it was taken.” He said the conference had decided on a “mixed economy with some state intervention”.

Zuma warned again that the willing buyer, willing seller process had not advanced land reform far enough, but gave the assurance that however the ANC chose to address the matter, it would be done within the framework of “the Constitution and the law”.

The president denied the singing of songs praising him at the policy conference equated to campaigning, which is banned by the ANC until candidates for the elective conference are announced.

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