Delegates hail indaba success

The four-day ANC policy conference held in Midrand closed on a high note on Saturday as key delegates declared the meeting a success.

The four-day ANC policy conference held in Midrand closed on a high note on Saturday as key delegates declared the meeting a success.

"This was the best conference in our own understanding," said Cosatu president Willie Madisha.

Young Communist League secretary general Buti Manamela said the league had achieved almost everything it wanted from the conference.

"Especially the issue of free education. As we said before the conference, that issue needs to be discussed and addressed," Manamela said.

KwaZulu-Natal Youth League chairman Nhlakanipho Ntombela said the conference affirmed the central role of ANC branches and the organisation as a whole in terms of policy formation.

"It opened a platform to engage in debates towards to the national conference in December," he said.

"The conference had proved most critics wrong, and that the ANC was a united organisation.

Party president Thabo Mbeki earlier delivered a closing speech to the 1500 delegates. After Mbeki's speech, the crowd, which was in a jovial mood, erupted and sang Siyodibana eLimpopo - We will meet in Limpopo.

Recommendations made during the conference will be taken to the party's branches for further debate and then to the national conference in Limpopo in December. The new party leadership will be elected then. - Sapa

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