ANC national conference succeeded in working to unify organisation: Ramaphosa – SABC News

African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa says the 55th National Conference in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg, succeeded in working to unify the organization and affirm its renewal.

Ramaphosa said the party must remember its core purpose of serving the people and root out corruption within its ranks. The conference was adjourned until January 5 to complete the outstanding work, including the adoption of resolutions arising from policy discussions.

The ANC president-elect told delegates that now that the new leadership has been elected, all members of the party must obey and accept the decisions made. He says he is happy that despite attempts to distract delegates from the work of the conference, they have shown maturity.

“There have been, yes, attempts to divide us, to provoke us and divert us from the tasks we must undertake in the advancement of our national democratic revolution. There were moments at this conference that tested our unity and cohesion. But I can testify that this conference will continue to strengthen our unity and cohesion as the ANC.”

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He reminded the nearly 4,500 delegates that there is no greater task for the ANC than to build a better South Africa that leaves no one behind. Ramaphosa says that while the party has made mistakes, it has been able to pull itself back from the brink because of that core goal.

“There is no other reason for the existence of the ANC than to unite, mobilize and above all to serve the people of South Africa. And let it be clear that there is no reason to join the ANC and seek and accept election to leadership positions other than to serve the people of South Africa.

Ramaphosa reiterated that corruption is a serious threat to the future of South Africa and there is no choice but to crush it. He said that while progress had been made in the past five years to tackle the problem, not enough had been done to reverse its corrosive effects.

He said the government should set up an Anti-Corruption Agency.

“We have stated our determination at this conference to take all necessary steps to address this issue, we know from our recent experience that such actions can be difficult and they can also be painful, we know that these actions can be met with opposition and may cause discord within our own structures, but as this conference and the discussions we have had acknowledge, we either deal with this problem or perish.

The national conference is scheduled to reopen on January 5, ahead of the party’s statement on January 8 in Mangaung.

This time the conference will be hybrid with different centers virtually connected to each other. It is here that the final conference report will be adopted along with the resolutions adopted.

Closing remarks at Ramaphosa’s 55th ANC National Conference:

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