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Zuma: ANC will transform the economy

Dec 20 2012 19:48 SAPA

An ANC supporter attends the national elective conference in Mangaung. (Picture: AFP)

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Bloemfontein - The ANC has undertaken to overcome poverty and unemployment in the next five years, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"The ANC will transform the economy to address basic needs of our people, especially women and children."

The ANC welcomed the National Development Plan as a "critical base" for development to build a prosperous South Africa, he said.

The state would continue to lead in infrastructure development to help fight unemployment.

Renewal and the second transition

Zuma said the ANC was ready to renew itself as it entered the "second transition" to a more democratic society.

"We are ready for that task of a radically transformed society. The incoming national executive committee will begin to process and implement the directives on organisational renewal and institutionalise political education."

He hailed the conference in Mangaung as "very successful".

"We conclude our business on a high note, satisfied that we have achieved the objectives we have set for ourselves at the beginning of the conference," Zuma said.

He congratulated the newly elected leadership of the ANC.

"As incoming leadership we are humbled by the confidence showed by the branches of the ANC in us.

"We will do our best in our task on behalf of the membership and guided by the membership," Zuma said.

He thanked the outgoing leaders.

"[They] contributed immensely to the growth and success of the movement in the last five years, at times in difficult conditions."

Conference ends with song

Zuma broke into song as he ended his closing address.

"It's a long walk, Mandela said to his followers. We will meet on freedom day," he sang.

Delegates in the marquee joined in as they waved ANC flags and blew whistles and danced.

They cheered as Zuma repeated the song, which he also sang when he opened the conference on Sunday.



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