Delegates busy in 12 different commissions today

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The ANC’s policy conference in Midrand will resume this morning, with delegates going into closed commissions to discuss the 12 discussion documents. More than 3500 delegates from the nine provinces are attending the four-day meeting that will set the tone for the party’s National Conference in December. Among other topics, delegates will debate the contentious Strategy and Tactics document that contains issues around the proposed second transition. In his opening address on the first day, President Zuma centred his attentions on the second transition as contained in the strategy and tactics document. This is aimed at getting rid of economic footprints, blamed on by apartheid, in the next few decades. The contentious issues of land reform and the nationalisation of mines will also be up for debate. The current willing-seller willing-buyer policy is under pressure from, amongst others, the youth league. Zuma highlighted the importance of maintaining closer ties between the ANC, Cosatu, SACP and SANCO. Suggestions of tension between the partners have surfaced frequently, especially over policy making. SACP General Secretary, Blade Nzimande, said the tripartite alliance should not be taken for granted nor treated recklessly in response to Zuma’s remarks. Nzimande said a united alliance is crucial.

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