Zuma hails 2015 ANC NGC as the most successful yet

The president says the renewal of ANC as an organisation has been one of the main themes of the NGC.

President Jacob Zuma and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC NGC in Midrand on 11 October 2015. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma has hailed the party's fourth National General Council (NGC) as its most successful yet, saying serious introspection has been done about the state of the party and the problems it faces.

Zuma delivered the closing address to around 4,000 delegates at Gallegher Estate in Midrand a short while ago.

He told delegates that the conference started with a presentation on uncomfortable and serious challenges facing the movement.

#ANCNGC A warm welcome for ANC leaders by delegates this evening. DB. pic.twitter.com/cYEHgzzT6Q

The president says the renewal of ANC as an organisation has been one of the main themes of this year's NGC.

"We congratulate all the delegates for re-affirming the standing of the ANC as a leader of society and as a disciplined, vibrant, and dynamic instrument for social change."

He thanked ANC delegates for defending the character of the movement through robust debates.

"In our determination to re-build the ANC and to renew the character of our glorious movement."

Zuma received a rousing welcome as he rose to the podium and said the NGC was characterised by high levels of discipline.

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Meanwhile, ANC head of policy Jeff Radebe says this year's NGC has seen the party re-affirm its resolve to root out corruption, factionalism and other ills plaguing the organisation.

Radebe has been delivering the declaration at the end of the gathering underway at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

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#ANCNGC Singing & dancing resonates through hall ahead of the closing of what the ANC says was a successful NGC. pic.twitter.com/XP20BWmSBm

Radebe says they met with a clear intention to pursue economic transformation even under the difficult domestic and international climate.

He also touched on the role of land in driving economic transformation.

"Ownership of land is an integral part of economic transformation. We support current proposed ceilings on different forms of land ownership and this should find expression through the introduction of introspection."

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In a major development from Midrand, the ANC says it's resolved to pull South Africa out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because other countries are acting in their own selfish interests.

The party's National General Council (NGC) took the decision after the court demanded an explanation as to why Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir was allowed to leave South Africa despite a request from the court that he be arrested.

The ANC's International Relations Commissions head Obed Bapela says they've taken this decision because other countries have not followed the court's founding principles.

"We are also in the resolution that parliament must look at the law on the Rome Statute and re-align it to the issue of respecting immunities."

He also says South Africa will follow the necessary processes to leave the court.

This means that there could be another calendar year before a formal withdrawal occurs

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