ANC renewing itself: Zuma

Bloemfontein - The ANC was ready to renew itself as it entered the “second transition” to a more democratic society, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday as he closed the party's 53rd elective conference in Mangaung.

“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.”

Zweli Mkhize, Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, Baleka Mbete, Gwede Mantashe and Jessie Duarte at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung. Photo: Antoine de Ras. Credit: INLSA

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 African National Congress.

“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.” - Sapa