Delegates brace for robust debate, discussion
HUNDREDS of delegates from across the country converged on the Saint George’s Hotel in Irene yesterday to secure their accreditation for the ANC’s fifth policy conference which kicks off today.
There was tight security in the area and security personnel were on high alert.
Isaac Cezu, a delegate from the second biggest region, OR Tambo in the Eastern Cape said he wants peace and unity in comrades and the organisation from the conference.
“I love and will die for the organisation. I am here for economic transformation in the rural areas,” Cezu said.
Another delegate, Charl Jacobs from Boland in the Western Cape said he was representing Ward 13 of the Brede Valley municipality.
Jacobs said the reason for attending this event is to be in a commission for economic transformation and for procurement processes.
“There is a loophole in the tender system for the capitalists who are still using our black people to get tenders.
“We need a complete radical change in the tender process so that jobs can go to blacks,” Jacobs said.
A security official asked that The New Age team who visited the hotel to give delegates breathing space citing that they will have a chance at the main event today.
Vendors selling ANC branded wear also snatched the opportunity to make money.
Nyameko Green from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape said she always sells clothes and makes good money by attending ANC events.
“Our bus left Mthatha on Wednesday night and we arrived in the afternoon. I am hoping to make more money at Nasrec where the event is taking place. This is part of economic transformation,” Green said.
READY: ANC delegates are gearing up for robust debates.