January 8 speech hinted to focus on NDP

Jacob Zuma is likely to focus on the NDP when he delivers his January 8 statement address.

Jacob Zuma addresses delegates in Mangaung, shortly after being re-elected as the ANC President. Picture: ANC.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has strongly hinted that President Jacob Zuma will focus on the National Development Plan (NDP) when he delivers his January 8 statement address in Durban on Saturday.

Mantashe on Wednesday said the party would also begin to campaign for the 2014 general elections.

He said Saturday's speech would simply be a continuation of the party's elective conference in Mangaung last December.

"Everybody who followed the national conference must have a sense of what is expected of the January 8 statement."

That conference agreed to implement the NDP, which aims to alleviate poverty and reduce inequality in the country by 2030.

Meanwhile, Mantashe denied it was too early to start campaigning.

"It is the right time to start preparing for the elections in 2014; to check where the weaknesses are, work on them and respond to issues."

But he said those who believed the early campaign was a sign the ANC was worried about next year were wrong.