Don't let internal divisions fester - Zuma

2015-10-09 11:48
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Johannesburg - Internal divisions in the ANC must not be left to fester, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"If you leave them for a long time they will burst into a bigger problem... [which are] very difficult to resolve," he told delegates at the National General Council (NGC) in Midrand, Johannesburg.

"Whenever there is a problem, tackle it immediately, put it behind you and move forward."

This was a lesson learnt from the run-up to the ANC's watershed Polokwane conference, where Zuma unseated then president Thabo Mbeki.

Turbulent period

Zuma said the party had gone through a turbulent period from around 2002 until the Polokwane conference.

"The internal divisions within the movement unfortunately exploded into the public arena due to problems which had not been attended to for a very long period in time."

It was also a time when leaders began to believe that they had the final authority when the final authority was the congress's.

However, he said the conference was also an important turning point for the ANC.

Zuma said since Polokwane the party had worked to rebuild itself.

"The work done to rebuild the organisation and promote healing after Polokwane culminated in a successful national conference in Mangaung.

Organisational renewal

"The Mangaung conference emphasises the need for organisational renewal," he added.

This weekend's NGC is the mid-term review after the 2012 Mangaung conference.

The party would review the progress it had made on resolutions taken at that conference.

Zuma said the ANC believed that it had a responsibility to inform the millions of people in led on what the health of the organisation was.

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