Friday, November 23, 2007

ANC Will Emerge From Conference United Says Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka

CAPE TOWN 22 November 2007 Sapa


The African National Congress (ANC)'s December national conference will serve as a springboard to propel the party to new heights, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said on Thursday.

Speaking during the launch of the ANC parliamentary caucus website in Cape Town, Mlambo-Ngcuka said the party would surprise its critics and come out of the conference more united than ever.

"We will emerge at the conference a united and the strongest party; we will emerge having made the right leadership choices; we will emerge with the best foot forward," she said.

Up to 5,000 ANC delegates - representing qualifying branches from across the country, as well as the Youth League and Women's League -will attend next month's conference in Polokwane, where a new leadership will be elected and ANC policy for the next five years cemented.

Meanwhile, ANC parliamentary caucus spokesman Moloto Mothapo said the launch of the website was part of the organisation' response to the current deluge of criticism directed at the party by both the media and opposition parties.

He said there was a need for the ANC to bolster its communication machinery so that the party could be better positioned to "counter the "onslaught".

"The development of the caucus site is informed by the need for the ANC to reinforce its communications machinery to enable efficient and effective dissemination of objective information pertaining to its policies and programmes," he said.

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