ANC policy conference enters final day


The ANC will complete its four-day policy conference in Midrand on Friday with an address by party president Jacob Zuma.

Commissions will report back on their discussions on gender, state intervention in the minerals sector, economic transformation, peace and stability, education and health, legislature and governance, and land reform.

The commissions reported back on communications, organisational renewal, second transition, international relations, and social transformation on Thursday night.

Some 3500 delegates had divided into 11 commissions and spent three days behind locked doors to debate the ANC's 13 policy discussion documents.

The ANC's constitution requires that a policy conference be held at least six months before its national conference, to review ANC policies and recommend amendments or new policies.

On Thursday, some delegates formed two groups -- one pro-Zuma, and the other pro-change of leadership.

One large group sang: "uZuma, second transition" and "Bao ba sa batleng Zuma. Ba chechele morao. [Those who don't want Zuma should hold back]" in support of the president.

In response, a smaller group sang: "Bayozabalaza! [They will protest]" and chanted "Change, change."

The pro-Zuma group sang loudly while dancing through the hall where ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe was visiting Progressive Business Forum stalls during lunch.

A document on the second transition is one of the ANC's 13 policy documents under discussion. ANC policy head Jeff Radebe said the commissions had accepted the "content and the thrust" of the second transition document, despite media reports earlier that several provinces had rejected it.

Decisions made at the policy conference will be finalised at the 53rd ANC national conference in Mangaung, in the Free State, in December.

If adopted, these policies will form the basis for the ANC government's policies, new laws or amended laws.

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