Mangaung 'watershed' meeting for ANC

2012-06-07 22:31
The ANC's Mangaung conference will be a watershed meeting for the party, President Jacob Zuma says. (File, Sapa)

The ANC's Mangaung conference will be a watershed meeting for the party, President Jacob Zuma says. (File, Sapa)

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Bloemfontein - The ANC’s Mangaung conference in December will be a watershed conference for the party, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"Mangaung must take South Africa forward," Zuma told delegates at the ANC's Northern Cape elective conference in Upington.

He said the ANC, its leagues and the alliance had to consolidate and take the national democratic revolutionary forward at Mangaung and at the national policy conference being held from 26 to 29 June.

He said South African and the ANC were at a point of a second transition for the country, which made the 2012 national conferences more important than usual: they needed to shape the future.

"We approach Mangaung in the same spirit [as] other landmark conferences in the past, watershed conferences."

Zuma, who is also president of the ANC, urged the delegates to discuss the party’s policies and to make meaningful contributions at the upcoming national policy conference.

Zuma urged party members to use the conference to make the ANC stronger.

Discussing the importance of provincial conferences, Zuma said there was a culture for party members to elect leaders first and then hold conferences later.

He said it was more important that provincial conferences first decide on programmes and take resolutions, and then elect leaders to take the chosen programmes forward.

Zuma said the ANC should elect leaders on merit.

"They are absolutely important to guide us, the African National Congress, the organisation of comrades, not of friends."

Zuma paid tribute to the ANC Youth League in his address and saluted all the youth.

He reiterated that the ANC belonged to all in South Africa, and not to just a few people.

"The ANC has always fought for the national interest, and not the few."

Zuma also discussed the traditions in the ANC and focused on unity, discipline and respect for the organisation.

"You act in the ANC to divide, you commit a crime, and have no right to do so."

Zuma, who was showered with praise at the conference, urged the delegates to "be the ANC and unite".

The conference ends on Sunday.

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