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CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

CLOSING ADDRESS BY ANC PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ANC 54TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE

NASREC, 20 DECEMBER 2017

National Chairperson, Cde Gwede Mantashe,

Outgoing President of the African National Congress, Cde Jacob Zuma,

Members of the newly-elected National Executive Committee,

Members of the Electoral Commission,

Representatives of the Alliance, fraternal parties and observers,

Distinguished guests,

Delegates, This is a deeply humbling moment, to address the closing session of the 54th National Conference of our beloved and glorious movement, the African National Congress.

There is no doubt that this has been a Conference of enormous importance and great significance.

In the months and weeks before this Conference, speculation was rife that this 54th National Conference would either not be held or that it would collapse.

Your attendance at this Conference, representing your branches, is a victory over the doomsayers and those who do not wish our movement well.

We therefore congratulate you for having defied the negative speculative predictions by making this Conference happen and ensuring it is successful.

There were some who even suggested that Nasrec would represent the end of the ANC as we would emerge from here divided.

We are still here. Standing almost 106 years later. United.

Nasrec 2017 has not only united us. It has strengthened us. It has galvanised us and rejuvenated us.

We continue to confound our critics.

Over the course of the last five days, our movement has grappled with the

challenges and tasks of this critical moment in the history and life of our people and our country.

The ANC has listened to the aspirations, hopes, wishes, cries and concerns of our people through the voices of the delegates representing our people from the length and breadth of our country.

As delegates representing branches of our movement you have given expression to our peoples hopes through the resolutions you have adopted here and the leadership you have chosen.

In electing the leadership, you, as the delegates to this Conference, have turned your back on the politics of the slate.

You have insisted that the people who lead this movement should not be from one or another faction, but should serve our people in their own right as representatives of the membership as a whole.

This Conference has given us an opportunity to confront difficult truths.

In recent times, we have seen the ANC at its worst.

We have seen an organisation divided against itself. And yet, we have also seen glimpses of the ANC at its best.

Over the last few days, we have seen the ANC that we know and love.

As representatives of nearly a million members, you as delegates have demonstrated that the ANC is an organisation that is alive to the needs

of the people and that it is hard at work to develop policies and programmes that respond to these needs. More than that, we have seen at this Conference a movement that is determined to enhance its policies, to

strengthen implementation and to work with greater determination to unite

its members and build its structures.

Our people will judge this Conference not only by what we have done here

over these five days, but ­ perhaps more importantly ­ by what we do next.

The people of South Africa want action. They do not want words.

Our people want an ANC that lives up to its promise and is true to its mission.

They want an ANC that lives the values that it espouses and holds fast to the principles that have long defined it.

They want an ANC that uses public office not to serve vested interests, but to build a truly developmental state and a vibrant, inclusive economy that creates jobs and improves lives. As we leave this Conference, we are

resolved to humble ourselves before the people.

We are resolved to respect our people and earn their respect.

We are resolved to cast aside those attitudes and practices that have seen a gulf grow between those in public office and those they were elected to serve.

The African National Congress wishes to send a clear message to all South Africans that we are resolved to be a more responsive and more accountable leadership and movement.

We will continue to be rooted in communities through our branches and always seek to champion the interests of the people. We must examine, critically and honestly, our commitment to gender equality.

We must be conscious of the practices and attitudes that reinforce patriarchy within our organisation and society ­ and we must work

together to end them.

We need to become a more youthful organisation, more representative of

the age profile of our population.

This Conference has resolved that we engage and pay heed to the views and

insights of the veterans of our movement, organisations that have always

worked with us, and many others.

We will reach out to community organisations and other organs of civil society, understanding that they are critical for the exercise of people¹s power and are valuable partners for development.

We shall do so because we have a historic responsibility as the ANC to

lead society. The Alliance has faced many challenges and problems in the recent past.

We will work with our Alliance partners to repair relations between the four formations that our people expect to lead the National Democratic Revolution.

As this Conference, we are in agreement that the ANC cannot be strong and effective unless we are part of an Alliance that is strong, united and cohesive. We are confident that the outcomes of this Conference will

assist in advancing efforts to unite the former combatants of Umkhonto we Sizwe.

We must make the achievement of unity between MKMVA and the MK National

Council a priority of the incoming leadership.

As we leave this Conference, we are resolved to pursue with greater determination a radical path of socio-economic transformation, premised on growth, job creation and equitable distribution of income, wealth and

assets.

The issue of land has been a matter of great concern to our people whose land was taken from them. We will accelerate our programme of land reform and rural development as part of our programme of radical socio economic

transformation.

This Conference has resolved that the expropriation of land without

compensation should be among the mechanisms available to government to

give effect to land reform and redistribution.

It has also resolved that in determining the mechanisms of implementation, we must ensure that we do not undermine the economy, agricultural production and food security.

As the ANC, we have been the central driver of progress in our country and the economy over the last 23 years.

Our efforts have been aimed at eradicating poverty, inequality and reducing unemployment.We have placed the challenge of unemployment at the forefront of all our

actions in the economy.

Our focus on education and skills training is beginning to bear positive results.

Our social social development programmes have been aimed at addressing

poverty amongst our people.

The policies we have adopted here provide a platform for faster and more meaningful implementation of the National Development Plan. We will elaborate the decisions of this National Conference more fully when we

release the NEC Statement on January 13 when we celebrate our 106th year

of existence.

At the state level we must confront the reality that critical institutions of our state have been targeted by individuals and families

who, through the exercise of influence and the manipulation of governance

processes and public resources.

This has led to the weakening of our State Owned Enterprises whose governance structures need to be revamped.

Whether we call this state capture or simply corruption, this has undermined the integrity of our institutions, cost our economy hundreds

of billions of rands and contributed to the further impoverishment of our people.

Given all these challenges we are called upon to act against corruption, collusion and other economic crimes prevalent in the public and private sector.

We must investigate without fear or favour the so-called Œaccounting

irregularities¹ that cause turmoil in the markets and wipe billions off the investments of ordinary South Africans.

This Conference has resolved that this must be acted upon and stopped.

We must also act fearlessly against alleged corruption and abuse of office within our ranks. We embraced the Integrity Commission at our NGC and endorsed that decision at the 53rd National Conference.

The setting up of the Integrity Commission is therefore not in question as there is consensus that the Integrity Commission should be supported and empowered to do its work without fear, favour or prejudice in order

to restore the Integrity of the ANC and help cultivate and promote ethical leadership.

The terms of reference including its duties and powers should be discussed and finalised by the National Executive Committee.

This Conference has resolved that corruption must be fought with the same intensity and purpose that we fight poverty, unemployment and inequality.

Through your deliberations, we have together developed a clear line of

march for the movement and for the new leadership. You have, over and

over again, emphasised that the ANC is the strategic centre of power for

all its cadres.

The actions of Comrades who are deployed by the movement should always be

informed by the interests of our members and our people, not personal

gain.

Their actions should always be a source of pride, and not a cause for

embarrassment.

They should take us closer to the National Democratic Society to which we aspire, not undermine it.

This National Executive Committee that you have elected commits itself to

follow the instructions that you have issued from this, our 54th National Conference.

You have instructed us to forge a united ANC.

You have also directed us to unite the Alliance and ensure that its

programmes are underpinned by unity. Another overarching task you have

charged us with is to unite the people of South Africa and work harder to heal the wounds of conflict and division.

We must focus afresh on the task of building a non-racial country, guided by the injunction in the Freedom Charter that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.

Personally, I wish to thank you, with all humility, for the confidence that you have shown in me. I shall strive to serve our members, our supporters and the nation with commitment and diligence.

As the newly elected National Executive Committee, and as President I

speak on our behalf, we accept without reservation your clear instruction

that we must work together as a collective, undivided and motivated by a

single purpose ­ the service of our people.

We are aware that leadership in our movement is not confined to those who hold office.

I wish to pay tribute to Cde Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who contested the

position of President, for the manner in which she demonstrated commitment to our movement during the campaign.

Together with the other candidates, we all pledged to work closely in pursuit of the objectives of our revolution whether we succeeded in our election bid or not. On your behalf, I wish to thank those people who

have made this Conference possible ­ the management of NASREC, the

Electoral Commission and the Elexions Agency, technical staff, marshalls,

security officials and the many service providers, donors and exhibitors.

The SGO and the Steering Committee have done a sterling job to ensure that we hold a most successful conference.

I wish to thank the media for having reported the proceedings of this Conference to our people and the broader global community.

As revolutionary democrats, we recognise the vital role that the media plays in facilitating the free flow of information and in promoting

transparency and accountability.

We register our concern about an incident at this Conference involving a

journalist and security officials.

We have sought a report on what happened and must look at how we ensure

such incidents do not occur in the future.

I wish to thank our Alliance partners, representatives of civil society

organisations, guests from fraternal parties and members of the diplomatic corps who have been with us in various capacities over the past five days.

Above all, I wish to thank all our branch members, whose wishes and aspirations we had come here to represent.

To all delegates thank you for your attendance and patience and forbearance with delays in voting and programme planning.

As Officials we have already observed a number of things we can improve. We will make sure that our next NGC and Conference becomes a better experience for all delegates.

Please travel safely, arrive alive and have a peaceful festive season.

Make sure to have a good rest and come back from the holidays revitalised for the hard work that lies ahead in 2018 and beyond.

We look forward to meeting again at the ANC¹s 106th anniversary celebrations in East London on the 13th of January.

Next year, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of our founding President, Isithwalandwe Nelson Rolihahla Mandela.

True to his legacy and inspired by his remarkable life, let us hold fast

to the principle that guides us as the ANC ­ that we serve the people of

South Africa!

We serve them with humility, integrity and unwavering commitment.

We serve them without expectation of reward or recognition.

We serve them because we have chosen, each one of us, to become members

of the African National Congress and thereby to become selfless agents of

revolutionary change.

Finally, I would like, on your behalf, to thank President Jacob Zuma for the 10 years he has spent as the President of our movement and for a lifetime of service to the people of this country.

It was during your tenure Nxamalala, and thanks to your vision, that the National Planning Commission was established and produced the country¹s

first National Development Plan.

This is a framework for economic and social change that will guide our

country for many years to come.

History will record that it was at your insistence that South Africa expanded its antiretroviral programme rapidly and progressively to be the

largest in the world.

Through your intervention, we have made great strides in combating the

epidemic, many lives have been saved and many infections prevented.

We cannot close this, the 54th National Conference of the African National Congress, without paying tribute to you for your contribution over many decades to the struggle for freedom, democracy and development.

I thank you.

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

STATEMENT BY DEPUTY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

In response to questions put to him by the Sunday Independent ­ which have been circulating on social media since Friday 1 September 2017 ­

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has made the following statement:

It has come to my attention, through questions that were sent to me by the editor of a Sunday newspaper, that a number of emails from my private email account have been illegally obtained and provided to at least one media outlet.

From the nature and tone of the questions, it is clear that the intention of obtaining the emails and then providing them to the media was to discredit my person.

I will not comment in public on private matters.

I do feel compelled however to respond to deeply disturbing suggestions that I paid money to several young women with whom I was supposedly in relationships. There are 54 young students ­ both men and women ­ that my wife and I provide financial assistance to on a monthly basis and have done so for several years. It is unfortunate that evidence of these bank transfers have been used to make scandalous allegations against me and, worse, to make public the names of some of the people assisted.

 We find it disturbing that the privacy of these young women has been violated through the publication of their names and pictures on social media. It shows a callous disregard for the rights of the individual.

This latest episode extends far beyond an attempt at political smear. It represents an escalation of a dirty war against those who are working to restore the values, principles and integrity of the African National Congress and society.

Resembling in many ways the Œstratkom techniques of the apartheid-era, we have seen in recent weeks a number of attempts at disinformation directed at me and people with whom I am associated. These activities need to be seen within a broader campaign that has targeted several political leaders, trade unionists, journalists and civil society activists.

Nearly all the people that have been targeted in this way have taken a public stand against the capture of our state institutions by outside interests and the looting of public resources.

It is evident that there is a well-resourced, coordinated covert operation underway to prevent those responsible for wrongdoing from being held to account and for the integrity of our law enforcement agencies and other state institutions to be restored. 

This operation appears to have access to resources within intelligence circles with the capability to intercept communications and hack private emails.

 We now need to confront the likelihood that state agencies and resources are being abused to promote factional political agendas. We also need to confront the reality that those behind these agendas will go to any length to protect themselves and their interests. 

We need to ask who these people are. And on whose behalf they act. 

As the ANC¹s 54th National Conference approaches, this campaign will intensify. It is imperative that members of the ANC and Alliance formations remain vigilant against deliberate efforts to sow confusion and disunity.

 South Africans from across the political spectrum need to resist all efforts to forestall the social and economic renewal of our country.

 We call on journalists in particular to exercise caution when receiving information and be circumspect in the manner in which they handle the information. It is a concern that questions sent to a person by a journalist were circulated publicly before the questions have even been responded to.

This type of behaviour can no longer be referred to as journalism. If the intention of this campaign is to weaken the resolve of those fighting to revitalise the ANC and unite our country, it has failed.

I am now even more convinced that our movement, the African National Congress, needs to be restored to its rightful owners, the people of South Africa. 

I am even more convinced that those who have facilitated the capture of our state institutions and have benefited from the looting of public resources  should be held accountable for their actions.

I am even more convinced that the time has come for the membership of the ANC to restore the organisation as a genuine movement of the people.

 As a leader, as an individual and as a member of a collective, my resolve to contribute to the achievement of that renewal is undiminished.

We will not be diverted from doing what¹s right for our country and our people.

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

DEPUTY PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS ON CHANGES IN THE CABINET

In response to media request, herein, transcript copy and sound clip of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s response to changes in the cabinet as announced on 31 March 2017

Note: DP’s remarks starts at 1min 38s

“The President has effected his cabinet reshuffle. Before doing so, he met the ANC officials. It was just a process of informing us of his decision; it was not a consultation, because he came with a ready-made list. And I raised my concern and objection about the removal of the Minister of Finance; largely because he was being removed based on an intelligence report that I believe had unsubstantiated allegations about the Minister of Finance and his Deputy going to London to mobilise financial markets against our country”, said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Now that I find totally totally unacceptable that a person who has served our country with such distinction would do something like that. It reminded me of my own situation in 2001 when there was an intelligence report that said that I was involved in a plot to overthrow the government of then President Thabo Mbeki”, continued the Deputy President.

“My strong objection to the removal of the Minister of Finance and his deputy is [that it is] based on spurious allegations and that is the basis of my objection. I told the President I would not agree with his reasoning for the removal of the Minister of Finance”, further said the Deputy President.

“And I told him that I would articulate [this] publicly. So this is where we are. He has made his choice and let me say the President has the prerogative to appoint and dismiss ministers

of his cabinet. It is his choice and he has exercised his choice”, continued Deputy President Ramaphosa.

In response to a question whether he will resign

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said “No, I will not. I am staying to serve our people in government. I made my views known”

“There are quite a number of other colleagues and comrades who are unhappy about this situation, particularly the removal of the Minister of Finance who was serving the country with absolute distinction, with great ability, and he has proven that he is a talented person. For him to be removed for this type of reasoning, this to me is unacceptable”, concluded Deputy President Ramaphosa.