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ANC to announce key policy decisions

The ANC will on Thursday reveal which policies it will adopt on the economy, education and health.

ANC delegates queue in at the party's elective conference in Mangaung on 19 December 2012, to vote in new members into the party's NEC. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MANGAUNG - The ANC is on Thursday expected to answer fundamental questions about the economy, education and health at its 53rd national conference in Mangaung.

Policy commissions are due to report back on decisions taken in the plenary about whether to nationalise mines, adopt a youth wage subsidy and force teachers to teach for seven hours a day.

The conference is still well behind schedule, with feedback from commissions on policy postponed during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Delegates debated controversial issues and crucial policy into the rake hours of this morning, but briefings on the outcomes were delayed.

Delegates attending the conference discussed socio-economic policies and internal ANC issues into the early hours of this morning.

But commissions have so far only reported back on the commission of Organisational Renewal and Strategy and Tactics.

This produced several resolutions, including a larger focus on political education and the structure of the organisation.

HOW THE ANC WILL DEAL WITH DELINQUENTS

The ANC says it will establish integrity committees on national and provincial levels within the next three months, which will look at the business interests of members and investigate wrongdoing by them.

A big part of the Mangaung conference is devoted to the way the ANC deals with delinquent members, and whether the party is found wanting in this regard.

Gauteng secretary and Commissioner David Makhura yesterday said the integrity committees would scrutinise whether members used their political power or public office for improper personal gain.

He said the ANC was also worried that some delegates attending the Mangaung conference did not have the requisite reading and writing skills to participate meaningfully in the conference.

The ANC will embark on a nationwide literacy campaign to rectify this.

It is not clear when exactly the plenary session adjourned, but feedback on amendments to the party's constitution and economic transformation are expected today.

ANC TO REPORT BACK ON POLICIES DISCUSSED

Youth unemployment is a major problem for the ANC, so there could be some finality on the question of whether the party will finally back the youth wage subsidy or a job-seekers grant.

President Jacob Zuma has said South Africa must not become a social grant state, which could suggest the subsidy will be adopted.

Big business will also be looking for confirmation of Eyewitness News reports that wholesale mine nationalisation is officially off the table.

Zuma has also put his personal political power behind a drive to force teachers to teach for seven hours a day; that will probably be adopted at the conference.

The ANC president is also backing the National Development Plan (NDP), with seeks to eradicate inequality and poverty in the country by 2030, and delegates are likely to fall in right behind him.

Meanwhile, voting for the 80 additional places on the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) finished late yesterday and results of that election will be announced today

Zuma is also expected to give a closing address.