Quiet, cold start to ANC conference

2012-06-26 09:08

Midrand - It was quiet at Gallagher Estate, in Midrand, on a chilly Tuesday morning as delegates started arriving for the ANC's policy conference.

ANC members wrapped in scarves and heavy jackets strolled towards the conference centre where the ANC is holding its four-day policy conference.

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

The hall, which will accommodate about 3 500 delegates and 300 reporters, was empty.

The delegates consist of branch representatives, national executive committee members, the ANC's leagues, its alliance partners, deployees and business representatives.

Plenary session

Tuesday's session would start with an address by President Jacob Zuma, who is also president of the ANC.

The conference would then have a closed plenary session.

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

Earlier, the ANC apologised to the SABC after its reporters were turned away from the conference.

"The police didn't know that the SABC was broadcasting from the venue this morning and the media were not allowed inside," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

SAFM morning radio news anchor Xolani Gwala told listeners on Tuesday morning that he had to drive back from Midrand to the SABC's studios in Auckland Park to be on time for the show, which starts at 06:00.

By 07:00, the problem seemed to have been sorted out.

Mthembu said: "They were allowed in once the misunderstanding was sorted out. Everything continues as normal."

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-06-26 09:12

    Oh great everything's back to normal...phew...

      Squeegee - 2012-06-26 09:25

      As usual, a chaotic start. Next normal: Chaotic conference, then chaotic end.

      Scouter - 2012-06-26 09:32

      Sorry state of affairs when you refuse access to even your own official propoganda wing ........

  • justindeklerk - 2012-06-26 09:16

    No doubt most of them will be sleeping, soon as the talking starts!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-06-26 09:30

      You can't blame's very cold.

      eish.afrika - 2012-06-26 09:56

      and the first speech is perfect for putting people to sleep! Sleep inspiring speaker!

  • Kala - 2012-06-26 09:18

    They are probably all nursing hangovers.

  • Gerald - 2012-06-26 09:18

    burn some tyres, that should warm things up a bit

      Kala - 2012-06-26 11:43

      Its seems they tried that. The tyre burners thought the conference was taking place in Boksburg.

  • rezo.mosepele - 2012-06-26 09:18

    Mixed emotions heading into the confrence, the divisions in the ANC are so deep even the deputy president disagrees with the president's ideas. Hope for the sake for the well being of the movement and the country, members can set-aside they are alter egos and make sound decisions

      Gerald - 2012-06-26 09:32

      you sound confused Rezo. This is a big chicken fest and mass debauchery at your expense. Actually Im a bit jealous, I would rather be there having a party than here submitting my annual tax returns

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-06-26 09:18

    Someone should start a fire.

      Gary - 2012-06-26 09:55

      Any chance we can guide a Freestate tornado into Midrand without them getting wind of it? Once the chicken feet and pap comes out at 12 it will maag vol, ogies toe

  • Scouter - 2012-06-26 09:20

    Annoying to have to sit through a day's worth of waffle before you can get at the free drinks .......

  • Gavin - 2012-06-26 09:23

    the ANC couldn't plan its way out of a wet paper bag.

      tgif.wtfaw - 2012-06-26 09:43

      Could not organize a fart in a baked bean factory!!

  • braamc - 2012-06-26 09:28

    What ever, it is winter after all and besides most productive citizens have started there days 6 am this morning already. Probably arriving for tea then start.

  • blane.blandon - 2012-06-26 09:32

    A bit of toi toi ing should warm these overweights up a little

  • Henk - 2012-06-26 09:38

    Ok they will start at 10,and break at 11 for tea. Lunch will be at 12:30. Tea again at 15:00 Drinks will start at 16:30pm.....Hectic!!!!

  • Provence - 2012-06-26 09:54

    ANC Agenda: 1. Eish mmm yes, today we plan who steals what from the budget, okay, eish yes ok... 2. Eish mmm yes, we need more bonus for stealing the budget, eish, yes, ok.. 3. Eish mmm yes, we don't need education, it keep our people stupid and they keep voting for us, eish, mmm yes ok.... 4. Eish mm yes, we need to silence the people, they show the world how useless we are, eish, mmm, yes, ok... 5. Eish mmm, yes crime is doing so good it's picked up again, eish mmm yes, we are doing very good, infact open the jails so we can increase the rate just a little, eish mmm yes, ok... 6. Oh! Eish another difficult day with the ANC planning, eish bring the pap and boooze, amandhla ...... happy days.....toi toi.

  • eish.afrika - 2012-06-26 09:55

    LMAO, any bets that the conference will actually start on time? PMSL

  • jason.mcdonahugh - 2012-06-26 09:57

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-26 09:59

    To warm things up a bit some Old Brown Sherry ! Lunchtime some red wine.. sIestsa until happy hour..carry on the debate until Malema arrives..then get totally VROT on his credit card!!

  • Keg - 2012-06-26 10:20

    With all the ANC members at the conference who is left to run the Country....... OH wait, Ja never mind.

  • sibusiso.zonke - 2012-06-26 10:49

    BBM Asijiki!!!

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