Differences a good thing - Manuel

2012-06-27 16:50

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Johannesburg - Differences between ANC members on policy issues will strengthen the party, says national executive committee member Trevor Manuel.

"This conference was convened so that people can discuss their views and eventually shape the views that will go to Mangaung for the 53rd [elective] conference," Manuel said on the sidelines of the ANC's national policy conference in Midrand on Wednesday.

"There is no other organisation that discusses issues this way and even when there are differences of opinion it makes for the development of a strong political organisation."

Manuel, who also serves as the minister in the presidency, said he would chair a commission on the economic transformation discussion document later on Wednesday.

"I have the task of chairing a commission this afternoon and we must allow that to flow [with different views]. But we have had many positive discussions since the commissions yesterday [Tuesday]."

The four-day conference started at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Tuesday.

Delegates spent the first half of Wednesday in commissions discussing strategy and tactics; the second transition and organisational renewal.

Members have split into 11 commissions to discuss the ANC's other policy documents.

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