Quiet, cold start to ANC conference

ANC (Supplied)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 spokespersonJackson 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.”

– SAPA
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