Delegates walk 2km to conference venue

2012-12-17 09:51

Bloemfontein - African National Conference delegates were making their way to the University of Free State campus on Monday for the second day of the party's elective conference.

In the morning heat they walked about two kilometres across the campus to the plenary venue, without singing and chanting as they did on the first day of the conference on Sunday.

"We will see what happens today... I am hoping for everything to go well and on time today," said Lwazi Njoko, a delegate from the Eastern Cape.

After Sunday's dinner break African National Congress treasurer general, Mathews Phosa, presented his financial report to the conference.

Delegates also discussed credentials, but decided at around midnight to put this on hold following a dispute.

Nominations for the ANC's top six officials, which had been scheduled for Sunday night, had also been delayed until Monday.

  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-12-17 10:00

    So ?

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-12-17 10:16

      Given the body shapes we see in parliament, hope they have heart and lung machines at the ready!

      asteyn - 2012-12-17 10:30

      Honestly News24? This is your lead story? Are you kidding me? what happened to real journalism? This is a disgrace to your news agency. Nobody cares how far they had to walk. Would you ever see such a stupid story on CNN or BBC?? Time to raise your game and cover this event thoroughly and objectively, without leading with insignificant drivel.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-17 10:51

      Mac the Mirage said: " It was planned as a health exercise, but if someone has a heart attack we won't be telling you which hospital..."

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-17 12:33

      What?? No helicopters?...@Squeegee..loved it...

      colin.dovey - 2012-12-17 13:14

      The long walk to Freedom....not

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-12-17 10:00 this TOP news??? where the "golf carts"

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-12-17 14:08

      Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel for a news story. Must be a very slow day. Then again, at least it's not yet another murder/rape/robbery story or ANC corruption scandal.

  • michelle.r.archer - 2012-12-17 10:01

    They cannot even organize a piss-up in a brewery

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-12-17 10:53

      Love the pictures of the delegates. Makes me think about a Xmas song. See if you can guess which one? "I'm dreaming of the next buffet with every catnap that I take may the roast beef platters be growing and chicken overflowing so that we can vreet all day long".

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-17 10:02

    Heh heh. It's an iniative by the health department to ensure that delegates stay in peak phsyical condition for the duration. We dont want any extra flab from all the eating, do we. heh heh.

  • Rebecca - 2012-12-17 10:03

    That will help them loose that weight, and they will start to be effective.

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2012-12-17 10:05

    Some walked. Others took the train...the Gravy Train

      rouen.heiberg - 2012-12-17 10:14


      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-12-17 10:33

      Double Whawhawhawhawhawhawhawhawhhawhawha!!!!!!

  • Ponkie Diel - 2012-12-17 10:08

    The long wank to freedom?

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-12-17 10:09

    Fatcats wobbling 2KM,wow this is ground breaking news!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-17 10:14

      Perhaps not groundbreaking, but possibly earth-shaking :)

      jeremy002 - 2012-12-17 10:17

      @lacrimosewolf - that has got to be the best snappy response I have yet seen on news24. Brilliant.

  • lhensby - 2012-12-17 10:09

    There was probably Johnny Walker and KFC refreshment stands every 100m! Thats why the majority are obese.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-12-17 10:34

      ... and a tender for the one who finished first!

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-17 10:14

    Must be like watching a scene from Planet Animals to see these obese walrusses wobbling along. Definately a result of bed organising, but what do you expect. Maybe the tender wasn't big enough.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-12-17 10:15

    Most of them must be dead tired after that Loooonnnngggg walk. Shame on the poor fatcats.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-12-17 10:15

    Oh the hardship, the suffering!! How could this happen in the new South Africa?

  • linda.hyman.5 - 2012-12-17 10:17

    Why in the hell is this news? They can walk to hell and back for all I care

  • mholthuysen - 2012-12-17 10:17

    Time to loose a bit of weight....

      robert.khayizeni - 2012-12-17 10:36

      At end of these conference we are going to have a serious problem

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-17 10:19

    Walking 2km. That's good exercise for fat thighs.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-17 10:23


  • lazarus.masilela - 2012-12-17 10:20

    So what?They will be rewarded with tenders.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-12-17 10:22

    HAHAHA ag shame. The world's biggest drive for weight loss. At last something positive from this self-indulgent gathering

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-17 10:23

    the long walk to..... boredom.

  • malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-12-17 10:23

    Not 2km! Oh no the horror! I hope none of them had heart attacks...

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-12-17 10:24

    The next we will hear will be reports of an earthquake in bloemfontein from all the thunder thighs wobbling all over the place

  • Ponkie Diel - 2012-12-17 10:31

    Hell doesn't want them, they'll corrupt the tenders so badly, there will be no coal for the fire within a short time.

  • brian.bagnall.54 - 2012-12-17 10:31

    Shame that these fat cats have to walk 2klm, I dont feel sorry for them. That is the reason that they are fallin asleep during the conference, they are now too tierd. May be they will forget who they are surpose to vote for HA HA Lekker Slaap in Mangaung.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-12-17 11:52

      My guess regarding the sleep thing is that most of them are probably borderline or full blown diabetic and don't know it yet.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-12-17 14:57

      Amazing what they will do for a free meal.

  • Ponkie Diel - 2012-12-17 10:32

    Very unlikely as as none of them have a heart, nor any guts or brain.

  • james.baillie.12764 - 2012-12-17 10:35

    Come no more Zuma please

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-17 10:36

    Do the jurnos have to report everything that is going down there ? Realy now !

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-12-17 10:41

    This is turning into a flippen reality show.

  • JohnDough - 2012-12-17 10:42

    I bet they stop at a KFC on the way.

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-12-17 10:47

    This is good for their health,they must burn some fat. Have you seen how big their bellies are? Alcohol has disfigured them

  • helen.watermelon.16 - 2012-12-17 10:52

    Shame a whole 2 kms to walk, they need more than that,nearly the whole lot are obese,its a hard life isnt it

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-17 10:57

    How much pillaging was done during the walk? And how many stops for water and KFC? Eish.

  • ryno.v.rooyen - 2012-12-17 11:10

    It could only do some good if you look at the size of those still involved in the 'struggle'. Wonder if the struggle now represents a struggle to loose weight...

  • angela.nair.3 - 2012-12-17 11:10

    Walking 2km is an issue? After all the booze and food they need the exercise! At least they have an excuse for not choosing delegates - they are too tired after their long walk - to "freedom" ha ha! They sleep in Parliament, they sleep in conferences they sleep wherever they are so what new?

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-17 11:23

      Corrupted coconut,, Why complain ??? piss off back to India.....This land is for people whom are African in their hearts.

      Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-17 11:26

      You're flippen good!

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-17 11:14

    ..............IT'S SIMPLE.....................IT'S HISTORY............ Ask NOT what your country can do for you,,,however What you can do for your country. Yous have had the power for 100s' of years , Now it is time to share for the progression of RSA. If one does not toe the line , then legislation will be introduced.

  • - 2012-12-17 11:29

    The way you report it was probably 200m, judging by the size of many they could do with 20k.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-17 11:30

    @ U r a Kok. The anc is a joke!

  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-17 12:16

    No singing and chanting today...babelas???

  • gerda.vanrensburg - 2012-12-17 12:41

    That's why they were sleeping. Tired of doing some healthy exercising.

  • brendan.healey.315 - 2012-12-17 13:27

    Eish I can see a few more catnaps.... babelas from yesterday's banquet going to be slept off. Tough country !

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-12-17 14:16

    The walk back should be beneficial. Need to burn up the buckets of KFC and gallons of Moet! Wonder who scored the tender for pillows!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-17 15:39

      You should try doing a bit of walking as well,,,, looking a little unhealthy at best....

  • wayne.rawlinson1 - 2012-12-18 09:01

    so what if they walk 2km? why is this news worthy? Here where I stay some kids have to walk 16km to school and cross a river with a healthy croc population to get there. Some fat corrupt politicians walking is not news and journalist and news media should stop publishing such trivial crap. Its an insult to the intelligence of the greater public. We demand news that if fair , objective and relevant

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