Zuma gets rousing reception

2012-06-29 18:39
ANC president Jacob Zuma has received a rousing welcome when he took to the podium to give his closing address to the ANC policy conference in Midrand, Johannesburg. (File, AP)

ANC president Jacob Zuma has received a rousing welcome when he took to the podium to give his closing address to the ANC policy conference in Midrand, Johannesburg. (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - ANC president Jacob Zuma received a rousing welcome when he took to the podium to give his closing address to the ANC policy conference in Midrand, Johannesburg on Friday.

He said the conference had agreed that the second phase of transition required a radical shift.

"The state, private capital, corporate and other forms of sponsorship [should] complement each other in an integrated way."

Proposals from the conference included wage and income policies that promote growth and address poverty and inequality, progressive competition policies aligned to development objectives, a state-led programme to implement industrial policies and the more strategic use of existing state-owned companies.

The conference also discussed the importance of empowerment for women.

"In this second phase of our transition, where we have emphasised a radical shift in the economy, the ANC will prioritise women's economic empowerment."

Zuma's address started after the media were kept outside for over an hour amid rumours of things hotting up among delegates.

Media were kept in a holding room and could hear shouting and whistling from the main hall.

A security guard was heard saying: "Kuyafiwa" - in Zulu, meaning "things are tense".

Media could hear a man shouting from the hall: "Order, order!"

This was the closing of a four-day conference to discuss ANC policy proposals ahead of its national conference in Mangaung in December.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics

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