‘NGC delegates show commitment to re-building ANC’

Zuma says he’s confident that solutions to the ANC’s current problems will be found at the NGC.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC’s NGC in Midrand on 09 October, 2015. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says the level of engagement by delegates at the African National Congress' (ANC) National General Council (NGC) shows a commitment to re-evaluating and re-building the party.

The second day of the NGC took off with commissions where delegates are discussing policy behind closed doors in Midrand.

Zuma says he's confident that solutions to the ANC's current problems will be found at the NGC.

"I know that some of you were saying we did not provide solutions. I don't know what then the delegates would be doing if we did so. Because we present and allow the delegates to discuss."

While the commissions are closed to the media, noticeably tired leaders are providing the overview of discussed issues.

Zuma says the real work begins now as delegates are expected to spend several hours presenting policies and solutions.

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Zuma has described talk of the succession debate within the ANC as nothing to worry about.

He says the succession issue shouldn't overshadow the conference and the fact that members have their own preferences for new leaders adds to a healthy discussion within the party.

The president says having a healthy democracy means allowing people to express their choice of leadership

"Democracy means there is competition. People have free choices and they can point at anyone and say 'this one we think is better', and the other person might have a different view. It is allowed."

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But Zuma has reiterated that delegates will not will not be discussing the party's future leadership this weekend and will instead focus on assessing policy performance.

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The ANC's Nathi Mthetwa says threats by the US to stop South Africa from getting loans from the World Bank because of the new private security bill show how some institutions have been run.

The US says the bill's proposal to ban security companies from operating unless 51% of each entity is owned by South Africans amounts to expropriation.

Mthethwa says these threats illustrates how the current global system operates.

"That's how things have been, that do this and don't do this, we'll give you if you do this; there are conditions all the time."

He says the sovereignty of the nation is sacrosanct.

"It's a question of selling your soul so that you are a darling to those institutions."

Mthethwa was minister of police when Misper was first proposed.

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The minister says delegates believe that if they're going to be serious about radical economic transformation, they have to deal with a white-owned economy.

He also says the party has resolved that it needs to stop talking about corruption and start acting on the problem.

Mthethwa says radical economic transformation requires admitting to one major issue.

"We have to be serious about ownership of the economy in South Africa. That it still remain firmly in the hands of white minority in the country."

He says the party has stop 'talking' about corruption.

"The major thing that we are saying to our own movement is that if we don't do what we've resolved to do and continue on this path, our national democratic revolution is in danger."

He say they are determined to change.

Earlier, Mthethwa said delegates at the NGC may decide that ANC employees accused of corruption have to stand down before being found guilty.

He said delegates do believe that the refusal of people accused of corruption to step down was damaging the party, and thus have to make a choice.

"What seems to be in the line of suffering here, is the 'innocent until proven guilty'".

"Their weakness and their bleeding is the bleeding of government, and the ANC is at the helm of government,"

Mthethwa said there was a chance for progressive forces to challenge the international status quo.