MIDRAND - President Jacob Zuma told delegates attending the ANC National Policy Conference in Midrand, Johannesburg, it is understandable that levels of frustration in some communities are high.
The ANC president welcomed some 3, 500 delegates attending the gathering in his opening address on Tuesday.
Zuma focused heavily on the economy, saying major changes need to be made to the way it currently operates.
He said some have access to services, while others are still waiting.
“We are calling for a dramatic shift, or giant leap, to economic and social transformation so that we can be able to deal decisively with the triple challenge: equality, poverty and unemployment”.
Zuma also spent much time describing “problems facing the ANC”, adding that they need urgent attention.
“We all have a responsibility to maintain the character of the organisation, restore its core values and protect its dignity and integrity.”
On the topic of mine nationalisation, Zuma said the ruling party needs to go deeper than simply debate whether to nationalise mines or not.
The party, its allies and business people will spend the week debating, among others, government’s proposed youth wage subsidy, infrastructure plans, national health insurance and how to close the large economic gap between the country’s rich and poor.
The conference ends on Friday.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)