Zuma ends conference in song

2012-12-20 21:18

Bloemfontein - President Jacob Zuma broke into song as he ended his closing address at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung on Thursday.

"It's a long walk, Mandela said to his followers. We will meet on freedom day," he sang.

Delegates in the marquee joined in as they waved ANC flags and blew whistles and danced.

They cheered as Zuma repeated the song, which he also sang when he opened the conference on Sunday.

Zuma used his closing address to send well wishes to former president Nelson Mandela, who was spending his 13th day in a Pretoria hospital on Thursday.

"As we all know, Comrade Madiba is an unparalleled fighter and has always been so.

"He has met all his health challenges with his tremendous fortitude and grace.

"He appreciates the support of the whole nation during this difficult period. We wish him a speedy recovery and assure his family that he remains foremost in our thoughts," said Zuma.

He was responding well to treatment, added Zuma.

"He... has steadily improved over the few days."

He said Mandela had a recurring lung infection and had to undergo a procedure to remove gallstones.

"He is receiving the best care possible," he said.

Earlier, Zuma hailed the ANC's 53rd national elective conference as a success.

He said an integrity commission for the ANC would be formed within three months.

"On safeguarding core values, conference has directed the NEC to develop... the integrity commission within three months of the conference."

He said "code of conduct" booklets would be circulated in all ANC branches by 2013.

"This will go a long way in promoting ethical behaviour [in the ANC]."

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-12-20 21:26

    Singing president his got one right nothin has change same promises same faces.

      cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-12-20 21:30

      Yes. TWAT.

      michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-21 07:19

      Why doesnt he bring out a dvd like zumas greatest hits or something , would have been a top seller for a christmas gift , i really want his cd for christmas , not

  • jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-12-20 21:27

    From the story book Ali Baba and his 40 Thieves, ok lets make that 80.

  • sibusiso.mhlongo.35 - 2012-12-20 21:46

    my president, i mean our president. including the haters

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-20 23:09


      Erna - 2012-12-21 00:38

      You can have him all to yourself.

      michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-21 07:20

      ag its only another 5 years of corruption , incompetence , tax theft , nothing new

      75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-21 22:35

      erna she is ur president, like it or not unless u live in america or holland

  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-20 23:06

    *he said code of conduct booklets would be circulated to all branches by 2023*......When they have to learn code of conduct from some little booklet it's obvious they are scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel...

  • tlou.andries.58 - 2012-12-21 07:10

    End a conference wth a song,boring.hv u eva c Obama read a pamphlet of papers while giving speech?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-21 07:19

    Code of Conduct does that mean no more beer hall brawls, oh my word. I hope it also tell them about time keeping and our president is the worst of all. How thick is that code of conduct book!!!!! and can they read !!!

  • masta.pilusa - 2012-12-21 07:59

    Our president enjoy singing...singing shows joy...better 2join...

  • siyabonga.zondi.16 - 2012-12-21 10:41

    I suspect uZuma wayewumbhidi ebusheni bakhe. The man has rhythm and can sing too.

  • cassie.barns.5 - 2012-12-21 10:55


  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-21 11:19

    Given a blank check for helicopters, planes and other luxuries, you could hardly have expected him to cry or pray.

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