“In the Wise words of Nelson Mandela, there is no easy walk to freedom there will certainly be no easy walk socio-economic freedom”.

Impressive words from President Jacob Zuma at the closing day of the Mangaung Conference in the Free State. Jacob Zuma has the top job in the African National Congress (ANC) and likely to serve a second term as South Africa’s president.

President Zuma said this conference is a decisive moment for the party and transforming society. Indeed, there was decisive action regarding ANC comrades’ misbehavior. Expelled ANC Youth League leader, Julius Malema hoped that delegates would review his expulsion, but this was not the case. There was a great deal of talk about the ruling party’s organizational renewal, yet divisions have been reaffirmed within the ANC.

Zuma also consolidated his grip on the ANC – the National Executive Committee (NEC) is dominated by his backers such as disgraced former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi and former national police commissioner Bheki Cele. Those who were part of the Anti Zuma camp, such as multimillionaire, Tokyo Sexwale and Mathews Phosa were purged.

In a surprise move, super-rich Cyril Ramaphosa is now ANC deputy president. So, what happens to outgoing ANC deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe? He will be redeployed to lead the ANC political education program which focuses on organizational development. Whispers are that he is likely to step down as Deputy President of the country, but the ANC top brass vehemently rejected this statement.

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