Zuma ends conference in song

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

President Jacob Zuma (Picture: Supplied)

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

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]."

Join the conversation!

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

24.com 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


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Habana believes in younger Boks
All Blacks ready for a 'hell of a battle'
Barnes to ref Boks, Wales clash
Brave Blossoms: 'Sport heroes of Japan'

You may find it hard to focus on the mundane routines as the greener pastures seem so tempting. It is a good time to expand your...read 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 24.com 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.