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ANC president Zuma to deliver January 8th statement, addresses business fraternity

Genevieve Quintal | 2016-01-09 08:36:10.0
President Jacob Zuma. File photo.
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

The ANC is expecting to fill the 44,530 seats of the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in the North West on Saturday where President Jacob Zuma will deliver the party's January 8th statement.

Party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said people had even been sleeping on buses since Thursday night because accommodation in Rustenburg and surrounding areas was fully booked.

"People are coming to celebrate with their own organisation. It's their heritage, it's the African pride.

"We are told buses and buses from Mpumalanga and Free State and Gauteng are all on their way because people can't wait to come, given the vibe and excitement created around this event," he said.

Kodwa was confident that the event would be a festival and a "humdinger".

At a gala dinner held at Sun City on Friday night, Zuma said the January 8th statement would identify the central challenges, responsibilities and tasks of the African National Congress for the year ahead.

The country will hold its local government elections later this year.

Zuma on Friday warned that this would be the toughest election for the ANC.

The ANC turned 104 on Friday and celebrated its birthday in the North West.

Throughout the week party officials have been in the province conducting walkabouts and meeting people from different sectors.

There has also been some controversy as Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman was accused of sexual harassment.

A complaint was laid at a police station in Rustenburg on Tuesday.

North West police confirmed a case had been opened and was being investigated. Once investigations had been concluded, a decision would be made on whether someone would be charged, police spokesperson Colonel Sebata Mokgwabone said on Friday.

Fransman has spoken out saying he knew the woman who laid the complaint against him, but denied harming her in any way.

Kodwa also confirmed that the party was aware of the situation and had spoken to Fransman. It would wait for the outcome of the police investigation.

However, the ANC Women's League has pledged to support the woman who lodged the complaint.

The ANC Western Cape leadership is expected to meet on Saturday afternoon to discuss the allegations.

Source: News24


We are working to strengthen state-owned enterprises - Zuma

Karabo Ngoepe and Genevieve Quintal

Plans were afoot to strengthen state-owned enterprises and turn them into profit-making entities, ANC President Jacob Zuma told the business fraternity.

“We are making progress in our work to strengthen state-owned entities,” he said on Friday night at the gala dinner that was held at Sun City ahead of the party’s 104th anniversary celebration.

“We have taken steps to stabilise those that have been experiencing difficulties and to assist them towards the achievement of financial sustainability. We will continue to transform this sector to ensure that these entities are able to meet their economic and developmental mandates.”

Zuma added that the government would tighten its belt to ensure that the fiscus is properly managed. He said they would not be irresponsible with public funds.

“We will continue to manage public funds responsibly. We will ensure that we spend within our means and that we keep public debt within manageable limits. We will continue to direct public resources towards the poor and in pursuit of productive economic activity,” said Zuma.

He added that through initiatives like the establishment of the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer they would reduce wastage, increase efficiency, benefit from economies of scale and reduce the scope for corruption.

The ANC held its gala dinner ahead of its January 8th statement at the Sun City Superbowl where those attending were said to have paid anything from R15,000 upwards for a table.

Zuma attended the dinner with two of his wives. He was joined at his table by mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and his wife, former Eskom CEO Brian Dames and Burundian singer and musician Kaja Nin.

Kaja Nin made a plea to South Africa and the ANC not to forget her country that is in turmoil.

Source: News24


Redistribution is a moral and economic imperative - Zuma

Genevieve Quintal and Karabo Ngoepe

Redistribution is a moral and economic imperative, ANC President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"By excluding the majority of our people from ownership of the economy, by excluding them from the management of companies and from many professions, we are starving our economy of the human capital it needs to develop," he said at the ANC's gala dinner in Sun City ahead of its January 8th statement.

"We do not accept the notion that we must make a choice between growth and redistribution."

Zuma promised that the ANC government would manage public funds responsibly.

"We will continue to manage public funds responsibly. We will ensure that we spend within our means and that we keep public debt within manageable limits. We will continue to direct public resources towards the poor and in pursuit of productive economic activity," said Zuma.

The establishment of the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer would reduce wastage, increase efficiency, benefit from economies of scale and reduce the scope for corruption.

The president said the ANC expected its cadres to earn respect from their peers and society as a whole through their "exemplary" behaviour.

"We must work together to defeat patronage, the arrogance of power, bureaucratic interference and corruption," he emphasised.

There was a lot of hard work that needed to be done.

"We need some bold decisions... with your help and support from all South Africans we will continue to struggle and won't rest until we have achieved a better life for all our people."

The ANC held its gala dinner ahead of its January 8 statement at the Sun City Superbowl, where those attending were said to have paid anything from R15, 000 upwards for a table.

Zuma attended the dinner with two of his wives. He was joined at his table by mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and his wife, former Eskom CEO Brian Dames and Burundian singer and musician Kaja Nin.

Source: News24

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