ANC to host socialist conference

2012-08-29 14:35

The ANC has said it was happy to host the first Socialist International Congress in South Africa.

“The ANC correctly became part of the progressive forces that fought against colonialism, racism, poverty, patriarchy and other social ills,” the party’s secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, said in a statement.

“Hence, the ANC is a member of the Socialist International because we believe that it is one of the formations to pursue the ideals that the ANC stands for.”

The 14th Socialist International Congress would start in Cape Town tomorrow.

ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe would give the welcoming speech.

President Jaocb Zuma would address the event on Friday.

The congress took place every four years and was attended by government leaders and Socialist International member parties.

This year’s theme was “for a new internationalism and a new culture of solidarity”.

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