ANC conference starts - almost 2 hours late

2012-06-26 11:02

Johannesburg - An hour after it was due to start, delegates were still streaming into Gallagher Estate, in Midrand, for the ANC's policy conference.

The conference was to have opened at 09:00, but by 10:00 delegates, were still in the queue to enter the hall.

Eventually, just before 11:00 President Jacob Zuma started his opening address.

Among the delegates queuing was axed police commissioner Bheki Cele, wearing his signature hat. Early arrivals included Gauteng ANC leader Paul Mashatile, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.

Singing songs

Sexwale sat on the stage chatting to ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

The Eastern Cape ANC broke into song and soon the hall was awash with whistles and harmonies. Delegates from the various provinces competed with different songs.

North West delegates sang: "We'll take Zuma up to Mangaung... There is no problem." Jeff Radebe, Baleka Mbete and Mathews Phosa sang along.

ANC members from KwaZulu-Natal belted out: "Those who burn t-shirts with Zuma's face on will be shot."

Other delegates sang to the national executive committee members seated on the stage: "It is Zuma, they have never seen him, they don't know him."

Free State and Limpopo members were quiet.

More than 3 500 delegates expected

Most delegates wore dark jackets and jerseys instead of the traditional yellow party T-shirts.
The proceedings will last four days.

The main hall was decked out in the ANC's green, gold and black, and the party's flag.

Over 3 500 delegates are expected. They comprise branch representatives, national executive committee members, the ANC's leagues, its alliance partners, deployees, and business representatives.
The opening speeches will be followed by a closed plenary session.

Inputs will be received on Tuesday on three of the ANC's main policy documents: organisational renewal, strategy and tactics, and state intervention in the mining sector. The national development plan and commission guidelines would also be discussed.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 11:09

    Eish, welcome to Africa!!! First topic on today's policy conference, is the importance of time keeping.

      curry.paradox - 2012-06-26 11:13

      The circus is in town!

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-06-26 11:14

      Oh no. Now the tea is cold and the beers will be warm.

      ianon.ym - 2012-06-26 11:15

      How could it be any other way - it's culture.

      Bryan - 2012-06-26 11:16

      Huge KFC order for the week..!!

      Johan - 2012-06-26 11:16

      Da prez was "busy".

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-06-26 11:17

      Everything works according to African time with the ANC.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-26 11:22

      And now you know why they cant keep a job

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-26 11:23

      No sooner did the conference begin....then they all left the hall ...for a tea break to fill their faces....AGAIN.

      WysJouMys - 2012-06-26 11:25

      AFRICA time! HAHA!

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-26 11:36

      Why dont you morons mind your own business, you are not even a members of ANC.

      Jono - 2012-06-26 11:43

      i wonder who is paying for this 'party' they having???

      Schmee - 2012-06-26 11:45

      @fussed, they do keep their jobs because they also get fired on Africa time.

      John - 2012-06-26 11:51

      @polyodumb*ss: they rule the country and unfortunately everything they do affects everyone, or haven't you heard? Not just ANC members are affected. Were ANC not in power I guarantee you no one would give a rat's *ss..

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-26 12:00

      they started early then lol

      ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-06-26 12:01

      Is that not how they operate? It is in their DNA to be late with everything. No respect for time or themselfs or nothing! No wonder SA is going for the dogs!

      mihaip007 - 2012-06-26 15:11

      the delays is most certainly apartheid's fault... lol

  • Provence - 2012-06-26 11:16

    Eish boetie, and what's new? The law in Africa says that a successful meeting is defined by a person, "who attends any part of the designated time allocated for the event."

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-06-26 11:18

    Zero discipline in this pathetic organization!

  • - 2012-06-26 11:19

    Three and a half thousand people. What does that cost? Especially when the repairs to hotels and lodges, their unpaid bills and Johnny Walker Blue have to be costed in. By today's standards, 2 hours late is almost on time. They've taken 18 years just to start thinking about how to solve the Country's problems, so things are looking good!!!!! Why no yellow t-shirts, did the delivery from China not arrive on time? Sorry, people - can't take these guys too seriously.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-26 11:25

      NOW DONT forget to charge them CASH upfront for any services they want or you WILL NOT GET PAID

  • Freddyvdm - 2012-06-26 11:21


      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-26 11:40

      You'll care when they come for your house.

      silindile.mabaso.9 - 2012-06-26 11:47

      Of course he'll care if that ever happens, Jacqui. But right now the article is about a conference starting late and fashion, decor and music. Yawn. Again whooo freaking cares?! Yasses. We are a bored country.

  • Wayne - 2012-06-26 11:21

    True to form then? Now lets sit back and watch this group wheel and deal, connive and backstab for places in the next leadership tussle.

  • jofouche - 2012-06-26 11:22

    Mr Malema, how do you feel about the fact that the first man onthe moon was white? Malema: you whites think you are clever, the first black man will be on the SUN!! Reporter: but mr malema you will burn away with heat........Malema: HAI SHUTUP WENA!!!! WE WILL GO IN THE NIGHT!!!

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-06-26 11:23

    African time ... the sun is up or down.

  • pmalungana - 2012-06-26 11:24

    curry please loosen up , just chil we have seen the worst under apartheid, this is ok

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-26 11:42

      Hasani, yes the Indians in Uganda also thought they had seen the worst, till Idi Amin arrived.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-06-26 11:25

    Errrr... What we are saying is that this racist Johnnie walker poisoned us last night, hence we are late. We will try a proper Moet tonight!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 11:27

      stop drinking imperialist poisons, bring out that sorgum beer, stat!

  • silindile.mabaso.9 - 2012-06-26 11:26

    So what?! If the ANC members aren't bothered by the late start of the meeting, why are you? As for the dark jackets and jerseys. Its winter.

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-06-26 11:33

      Well it's our money they are wasting and it's 2hours they actually could have used to get back to their jobs and fix the mess in SA they are causing. Besides they gonna start now and in an hours time its lunch and then it will take another 2 hours for them to gather back in the hall and then they just barely scraped the welcoming of guest section and then it's going home time around 4 cos they don't want to sit in traffic...

      silindile.mabaso.9 - 2012-06-26 11:41

      Are you a donor to the ANC? If not, then its NOT your money. So again, if the meeting starts late, why do you care?! And the conference has a set number of days over which it is held. If the delegates took leave from their jobs to be at this conference its really none of your business. Now stop whining and get back to worrying about your own life.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-26 11:44

      Silindile, you not invited then?. Sour grapes?.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-26 11:44

      They took leave? Really, did you sign those leave forms?

      silindile.mabaso.9 - 2012-06-26 11:53

      I don't have to be the one signing the leave forms to assume that the delegates took leave. As you have no evidence that they didn't take leave, you're also making assumptions... As for the sour grapes comment about me not being invited, grow up, please. One does not have to be affiliated to a political party to use common sense.

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-26 12:16

      Bro, Its not about whether you a donor, a member, a black or else. This is indeed a concern as the readers voice their opinion. Many would expect our leaders to be trend setters and set examples and not this type of undisciplined behaviour. Whether you like it or not the ANC is the ruling party and it's members are our President, Ministers, MP's etc. So they have to display a good image to their citizens.

      christian.denyschen - 2012-06-26 12:27

      @silindile \r\n\r\n''As you have no evidence that they didn't take leave, you're also making assumptions'' \r\n\r\nI can say the same to you where is your evidence they did take leave, how ironic don't you think lol. You're a bit arrogant and intolerant if I must say.

      logical007 - 2012-06-26 12:30

      @ Silindile Arriving and starting 2hrs late for a meeting is bad manners in any society. Here in S.A it is the norm for our Government to start all public addresses (state of the nation, The Malema saga, e.t.c) late. Look at the excuses used with the blue light brigade - "went through red light, because minister was LATE for meeting?' The tax payer is forking out for this meeting over the appointed time and days allocated for a certain discussion to be discussed. Now if they start late everyday by 2 hrs over 4 days, they will lose 8 hrs which is one work day which we as tax payers have paid. Do you get the point now?

      WysJouMys - 2012-06-26 12:36

      ''Silly''ndile, You don't care that they were late and you say, neither do they. That is EXACTLY why the country is in this state. Its their and your African mentality that will be the downfall of South Africa.

  • willie.dique - 2012-06-26 11:27

    How can they, who are the leaders of our country, be nearly 2 hours late. Is this the example they are setting for our future leaders???

  • Moi - 2012-06-26 11:32

    "Those who burn t-shirts with Zuma's face on will be shot." What stellar examples they are for our youth.... Is it any wonder the country is in the current state it's in???

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-26 11:46

      Moi, so much for Tshirt wearers then. I wonder what else they can expect to be shot for. Asking honest questions?.

  • willie.dique - 2012-06-26 11:33

    The Leaders of the ANC lacks discipline. Watch the comments on this Conference from now on. I don't think I will be wrong.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-06-26 11:34


  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-26 11:38

    Wow, all that intelligence together in one place. Since being on time is a Western thing, we Africans don't partake in such nonsense. Oh blimey.

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-06-26 11:39

    and 18 years late to deliver governance to SA,keep struggling!

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-06-26 11:46

    They could not organize the proverbial p**s up in a brewery ?

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-06-26 11:47

    Unsuprised,they popped round to get a streetwise deal at the KFC

  • Juan - 2012-06-26 11:54

    Dis seker die Guiness Book of Records se grootste versameling van hansworse onder een dak.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-06-26 12:01

    hahahaha!!!! They're just walking Stereotype’s! :-)

  • Nare James Mashamaite - 2012-06-26 12:05

    Silly Ndile what score are you trying to settle here? Late coming is not only a sign, but a symbol of disrespect, especially by people who have means to be on time. You are projecting alien issues into this time issue, GROW UP!!!

      silindile.mabaso.9 - 2012-06-26 12:15

      You call me Silly Ndile, and in the same breath tell me to grow up... *side eye*

      WysJouMys - 2012-06-26 12:39

      SILLY ndile, if the shoe fits... maybe WAKE UP will be in order.

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-06-26 12:07

    I love it when they grab the snacks and put them in their handbags!!! piss myself!!!

      Gerald - 2012-06-26 12:34

      and when they bring lunch boxes to a buffet table!!!!! hahaha

  • Michael Varikas - 2012-06-26 12:25

    Carry on singing songs while everyone one of your departments sinks Ito a slum and unemployment, crime and corruption is on the rise. You think you in the bush doing war dances or what??

  • malcolm.oconnor.58 - 2012-06-26 12:26

    Typical , they couldn't arrange a piss up in a brewery !

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-06-26 12:40

    If they can't keep time for a policy conference, how do you expect them to ensure the application of the policies on time?

  • godesha - 2012-06-26 12:57

    They can't even start their own conference on time, but want to rule the country and the economy. What a joke.

  • solly.shaba - 2012-06-26 13:12

    I am dissapointed to many of your comments, this is a clear sign that you do not respect the leadership of this country. We are awere of their many shortfalls and corruption but that does not give you a right to disrespect them to this extent. Or is it because this ruling party is dominated by blacks? sorry never meant to bring race in the context. Just wondering....

      jofouche - 2012-06-26 13:18

      Yeah I guess its like the dude that cheated in the comarades marathon .. This is just another bunch of 'comarades' ... Eish always because we are black ne?

      dcbenade - 2012-06-27 16:06

      please explain to me then why its said whites still control to much, farms to be taken without compensation.. this is all a WAR against white people, this is all about RACE for the ANC... so solly and silindile u are blind to reject that this is not happening, i will by all means disrespect the current ANC for taking 18years just to still blame the apartheid for today's mess, no one else to blame except themselves...

  • reg.nagel - 2012-06-26 13:45

    IF???There jobs at parliament is important to the country?? AND THEY ARE LATE!!! Find other ways to get your fat ASSES OUT OF BED,ON TIME.IF!!they have this problem why not ask the D.A to call them bright and early in the morning.BUT GETTING TO PARLIMENT ON TIME IS IMPORTANT????

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-26 14:51

    Nah solly my mate respect has to be earned but in some sectors even respect is expected to be given.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-26 15:04

    Joke of the wives was just about to have a baby,a blue light brigade went roaring into a chicken outlet tyres screeching next thing the wife was hauling onto the sales counter so the sales person surprisingly asked her what the proalem she tells him....eish i want free delivery.

  • bev.armstrong.372 - 2012-06-26 17:26

    Curry.paradox I think The ANC Conference is like a Goon show without the humour

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-06-27 08:47

    If any meeting of the ANC had to start on time then the Apocolyps would start. They dont understand punctuallity or time keeping.

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