Song battle at policy conference

ANC President Jacob Zuma at the party's policy conference in Midrand on 26 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MIDRAND - Supporters of President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Thursday showed their feelings through a battle of the songs at the African National Congress (ANC)'s Policy Conference in Midrand. 

It now appeared that delegates started to focus on the leadership battle between Zuma and Motlanthe.

Officials said the gathering is only about policy discussions. 

ANC delegates from the North West province want a change in leadership. They made their allegiance through songs. 

Just a few metres away, KwaZulu-Natal delegates voiced their support for the “second transition” and a second term for Zuma. 

Zuma’s supporters held up their two fingers to signify support for the “second transition.”

Meanwhile, Eyewitness News has been told some delegates raised the issue of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema’s expulsion during a commission on Wednesday.

Delegates questioned why Malema was thrown out of the party when his radical views have become part of the ANC’s agenda at the policy conference. 


Meanwhile, Zuma's support could be tested in a plenary session that is expected to get underway on Thursday. 

The focal point of the session is likely to hinge on whether the delegates decide to accept or reject the “second transition” proposal.

The document has been largely pushed by Zuma even though it is an official National Executive Committee (NEC) document. 

The document could become a proxy for leadership issues. 

General Siphiwe Nyanda chaired the Peace and Stability Commission, saying they focused on the role of metro police. 

“The issues of the sinking police services, we see it as how it can be controlled.” 

Nyanda said no hard decisions had been made yet. 

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)