Del­e­gates brace for ro­bust de­bate, dis­cus­sion

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Politics - NTOMBI NKOSI ntombin@the­newage.co.za

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.

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