Zuma gets rousing reception

2012-06-29 18:39

Johannesburg - ANC president Jacob Zuma received a rousing welcome when he took to the podium to give his closing address to the ANC policy conference in Midrand, Johannesburg on Friday.

He said the conference had agreed that the second phase of transition required a radical shift.

"The state, private capital, corporate and other forms of sponsorship [should] complement each other in an integrated way."

Proposals from the conference included wage and income policies that promote growth and address poverty and inequality, progressive competition policies aligned to development objectives, a state-led programme to implement industrial policies and the more strategic use of existing state-owned companies.

The conference also discussed the importance of empowerment for women.

"In this second phase of our transition, where we have emphasised a radical shift in the economy, the ANC will prioritise women's economic empowerment."

Zuma's address started after the media were kept outside for over an hour amid rumours of things hotting up among delegates.

Media were kept in a holding room and could hear shouting and whistling from the main hall.

A security guard was heard saying: "Kuyafiwa" - in Zulu, meaning "things are tense".

Media could hear a man shouting from the hall: "Order, order!"

This was the closing of a four-day conference to discuss ANC policy proposals ahead of its national conference in Mangaung in December.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-29 18:46

    Wanted to watch 7de laan on tv2 only to have ANC propaganda shoved into my face.

      smili.fication - 2012-06-29 19:05

      Well said! I want opposition parties to have the same coverage! SABC is a disgusting goverment mouthpiece. DON'T PAY YOUR T.V LICENSES! AND GET UP TO POUR YOURSELF SOMETHING TO DRINK DURING THEIR ADVERTS.

      geronimo.feather - 2012-06-29 19:07

      What is the precise difference between the "second transition" and the "second phase of the transition"? The former went down like a plane in flames, but they lapped up the latter wording for some reason. I don't have much confidence in the brain capacity of those supposedly responsible for steering this country.

  • B.b. - 2012-06-29 18:49

    After editing, is this all u had to tell us? Poor reporting.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-29 18:50

    smoke and mirrors.

  • andile.s.mkhize.1 - 2012-06-29 18:55

    LMZAO!!!! 'Kuyafiwa' doesn't mean 'things are tense' in isiZulu. This is just pure sensationalism and cheap selling of the article.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-06-29 18:57

    Kuyafiwa, Mangaung is close.

  • sipho.maribo - 2012-06-29 19:00

    i recently realized that only educated people who have a bright future dislike Zuma

      nkululeko.gcwensa - 2012-06-30 12:26

      I am also educated but I like President Zuma, he inspires educated and not.

  • ricardo.a.pieterse - 2012-06-29 19:02

    Weldone to National Policy Conference from the ANC and the Presidents. Love the news changes.

  • B.b. - 2012-06-29 19:10

    'Kuyafiwa' kwaaaa,,,wat does that mean? Hearing from that security officer u can write a story,,,wow,,,lol

  • keith.staniford - 2012-06-29 19:10

    In this second phase of our transition, where we have emphasised a radical shift in the economy, the ANC will prioritise women's economic empowerment." Does that mean for women of all colours Mr. Zuma? I think probably not. Empty meaningless political garbage!

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