Zuma's keynote address to ANC conference in KZN postponed

2015-11-06 21:15
President Jacob Zuma on why he didn't address the students: “I don’t think it was therefore prudent to just go and meet the stones and therefore move away from the important issue of addressing the cause of the protests.”

President Jacob Zuma on why he didn't address the students: “I don’t think it was therefore prudent to just go and meet the stones and therefore move away from the important issue of addressing the cause of the protests.”

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Pietermaritzburg - Due to a tight schedule, President Jacob Zuma will only deliver his keynote address at the 8th Provincial Conference on Saturday, National Executive Member Joe Phaahla said on Friday.

Phaahla, who is part of a 15-member executive team, was briefing the media at the Royal Show Grounds in Pietermaritzburg where the elective conference was taking place.

Zuma was initially expected to deliver the keynote address on Friday, but was forced to postpone it.

Phaahla said, despite all the challenges, the conference would not collapse.

Speaking about the run-up to the event, Phaahla said some branches had raised unhappiness about certain things, but these had since been dealt with.

Phaahla said the disputes did not only come from the eThekwini region, but from other regions as well.

"One branch was disqualified and couldn’t participate and they are unhappy about that, but we have systems in place to deal with it. It’s not new," he said.

"Delegates need to accept that an electoral process is part of life and members may agree on certain positions and other times not, and this is normal. The question is, how do we handle it smoothly.

"Delegates need to remember that the ANC is an organisation bigger than themselves and there is life after conferences. I have all the confidence in that," he said.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  joe phaahla  |  pietermaritzburg  |  politics

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