Zuma ends conference in song

2012-12-20 21:18
President Jacob Zuma (Picture: Supplied)

President Jacob Zuma (Picture: Supplied)

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Bloemfontein - President Jacob Zuma broke into song as he ended his closing address at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung on Thursday.

"It's a long walk, Mandela said to his followers. We will meet on freedom day," he sang.

Delegates in the marquee joined in as they waved ANC flags and blew whistles and danced.

They cheered as Zuma repeated the song, which he also sang when he opened the conference on Sunday.

Zuma used his closing address to send well wishes to former president Nelson Mandela, who was spending his 13th day in a Pretoria hospital on Thursday.

"As we all know, Comrade Madiba is an unparalleled fighter and has always been so.

"He has met all his health challenges with his tremendous fortitude and grace.

"He appreciates the support of the whole nation during this difficult period. We wish him a speedy recovery and assure his family that he remains foremost in our thoughts," said Zuma.

He was responding well to treatment, added Zuma.

"He... has steadily improved over the few days."

He said Mandela had a recurring lung infection and had to undergo a procedure to remove gallstones.

"He is receiving the best care possible," he said.

Earlier, Zuma hailed the ANC's 53rd national elective conference as a success.

He said an integrity commission for the ANC would be formed within three months.

"On safeguarding core values, conference has directed the NEC to develop... the integrity commission within three months of the conference."

He said "code of conduct" booklets would be circulated in all ANC branches by 2013.

"This will go a long way in promoting ethical behaviour [in the ANC]."

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  nelson mandela  |  bloemfontein  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics
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