Zuma delivers farewell speech as leader

ANC President Jacob Zuma addresses delegates at the 54th ANC National Conference taking place in Nesrac. Image: MASI LOSI
ANC President Jacob Zuma addresses delegates at the 54th ANC National Conference taking place in Nesrac. Image: MASI LOSI

President Jacob Zuma has begun delivering his very last speech as the leader of the African National Congress at the elective conference in Nasrec‚ southern Johannesburg.

After lengthy and emotional prayers delivered by religious leaders‚ programme director Baleka Mbete finally called on Zuma to address the conference‚ after the singing of the national anthem.

In his speech‚ Zuma reminded the ANC of the journey it had taken in 2017‚ remembering the longest-serving president of the ANC‚ Oliver Reginald Tambo.

He described Tambo as a unifier of people who kept the ANC together for many decades in exile.

“We express our sincere gratitude to all who were part of the celebration of the life and times of OR Tambo throughout the country‚ the continent and the globe‚” Zuma said.

“As we begin this conference in which we must attend to enormous challenges facing our movement and our country‚ we are reminded of comrade OR Tambo’s council when he delivered his political report in Durban in June 1991‚ when he said ‘we did not tear ourselves apart because of lack of progress at times. We were always ready to accept our mistakes and correct them.’”

President Jacob Zuma delivered his last political report at the ANC elective conference in Nasrec on Saturday. Here are the top 8 quotes from his lengthy speech, which predominantly covered internal issues facing the organisation. Subscribe to TimesLIVE here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimesLive

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