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ANC takes action against unruly policy delegates

The ANC has brought disciplinary charges against those involved in a tussle at its policy conference.

Delegates attending the 2012 ANC National Policy Conference at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
President Jacob Zuma,Jackson Mthembu,Keith Khoza,2012 ANC policy conference
Local Politics


JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says it will taking disciplinary action against delegates who wrestled each other for a microphone during the final plenary session of its national policy conference last week.

The party’s leagues, branches, alliances and business representatives debated over the country’s future during the four-day conference in Midrand, Johannesburg, last week.

The tussle led to President Jacob Zuma's speech being delayed, amid reports that people were assaulting each other over the nationalisation of mines issue.

The ruling party announced at its policy conference that it would abandon its “willing seller, willing buyer" policy for land restitution.

Its new policy will be based on section 25 of the Constitution, which states that expropriation of land must be accompanied by fair and equitable compensation.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said a delegate was about to speak during the final plenary session, when he was stopped by another member.

He said disciplinary charges were being brought against those involved in the tussle.

Meanwhile, the party’s Keith Khoza said the people who wrestled each other were both from the North West province.

Two weeks ago, a meeting of the North West ANC’s leaders was broken-up by people with sjamboks, amid in-fighting in the province.

The ANC will finalise the adoption of its new policies at the party’s elective conference in December.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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