Zuma on the road

2010-09-16 15:29

With days to go before the ANC’s landmark national general council in Durban, party president Jacob Zuma has hit the road to consult party structures ahead of the policy-making conference.

Against a backdrop of simmering tensions among the ANC’s alliance partners and fissures between the party and its youth league over the issue of nationalising the mining industry, Zuma’s whistle-stop tour is aimed at ensuring that policy discussions are not derailed by premature moves to focus on leadership issues ahead of the ANC’s national conference in Bloemfontein in 2012.

Zuma addressed an ANC rally at Glencoe’s Sithembile township before moving onto a discussion with the party’s leadership from the Inkosi Bhambatha region and its local structures.

His arrival at Glencoe was delayed by heavy rains in Durban which stopped his helicopter from taking off for some time.

Zuma then moved back to Newcastle, where he was to address an ANC cadres forum to prepare for the NGC.

Zuma told the several thousand people gathered at Sithembile’s stadium that the programme, known as the Imvuselelo Campaign, was aimed at having the ANC and its membership take stock over where the party was going to ensure that policy was appropriate and the party’s ideals were being adhered to.

“The ANC is an old organisation.

It is important for members to restore themselves and restore their relationship with the ANC.

We need to understand what is expected of us and what is expected of ANC members deployed at all levels of government,” Zuma said.

Zuma called on residents to join the ANC in numbers to ensure that its aim of having 1 million members by its centenary in 2012 could be achieved.

Tomorrow Zuma will address similar public and internal party meetings in Vryheid and ­Ulundi, as well as conduct a question-and-answer session with predominantly white farmers in the area.

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