Zuma: on education crises, land reform, and praise singing

2012-07-02 00:00

ANC President Jacob Zuma said last night that those responsible for the education crises in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape will have to account for their conduct.

Speaking to the SABC on various issues after the ANC’s policy conference, which was held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, Zuma said the Basic Education Department had some explaining to do about the textbook issue in Limpopo.

“The problem of textbooks in Limpopo is not a situation that has just emerged in the last few days. There will be consequences …” he said.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has come under fire for her role in the debacle in recent weeks, with City Press reporting yesterday that she had known of problems with the textbook tender from last year, but had not acted to address the situation.

Addressing the conference’s outcome, Zuma said there would be “visible” change in the country after the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung in December as the party implements the policy documents discussed at Midrand.

Asked if the ANC had adopted nationalisation as a policy, he said: “I don’t think it was taken.” He said the conference had decided on a “mixed economy with some state intervention”.

Zuma warned again that the willing buyer, willing seller process had not advanced land reform far enough, but gave the assurance that however the ANC chose to address the matter, it would be done within the framework of “the Constitution and the law”.

The president denied the singing of songs praising him at the policy conference equated to campaigning, which is banned by the ANC until candidates for the elective conference are announced.

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.

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

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Graphic Designer

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
Creative Sourcing
R7 000 - R9 000 Per Month

Junior Chef

Century City
Pro Placements Recruitment Agency
R8 000 - R9 000 Per Month

CSR Inbound

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
O'Brien Recruitment
R14 000 - R16 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

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.