No war in the ANC, says Zuma

2012-12-21 08:43
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bloemfontein - People thought the ANC would be dead and buried in Mangaung where it held its national conference, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"Many think there is a war in the ANC. They were saying this conference was going to die," Zuma said at The New Age breakfast in Bloemfontein.

"People were writing obituaries before we came here."

Internal democracy

He said it was because of the values of the African National Congress that the party had always survived.

Zuma defeated Kgalema Motlanthe in the race for the party's top job earlier this week.

"We believe in the internal democracy of the ANC," said Zuma.

"They [ANC members] were given an opportunity to think freely and make choices and not to make their choices in secret but to talk about it.

"But people mistake this for fighting," he said.

During the five-day national conference, which ended on Thursday, the ANC elected new leadership.

Top six

Cyril Ramaphosa was elected Zuma's deputy in an overwhelming victory.

Secretary general Gwede Mantashe and chairperson Baleka Mbete remained in their positions.

Former presidency spokesperson Jessie Duarte was elected deputy secretary general and KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Zweli Mkhize treasurer general.

The rest of the top six officials had joined Zuma at the breakfast.

Zuma said the ANC belonged to the people of South Africa and so the officials had to come together with one goal.

"So people in this country know who is in the ANC's top six," he said.

- Were you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  bloemfontein  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

It may be hard to maintain a steady rhythm as you find yourself juggling a zillion things. Slow down a little and let go of more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.