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President Jacob Zuma during his closing speech. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)
President Jacob Zuma during his closing speech. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)

Cape Town - Opposing factions in the African National Congress (ANC) battled to reach consensus on contentious policy proposals, including land seizures and mine ownership, at a six-day meeting that ended Wednesday. They will continue sparring ahead of a December conference, where it will finalize its policies and elect new leaders.

The ANC’s branches will continue debating whether legislation needs to change to allow the government to expropriate land without compensation, or whether existing laws are adequate to effect land reform, Enoch Godongwana, the head of the party’s economic policy committee, told reporters in Johannesburg.

While the party is in agreement that the mining industry needs to be transformed, there is disagreement about the design of a new Mining Charter which seeks to compel companies to maintain a minimum 30% black shareholding, he said.

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