Mantashe downplays divisions ahead of Friday's ANC policy conference

The African National Congress is now in the final stage of preparations for its policy conference that starts at Nasrec, Johannesburg on Friday morning.

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has outlined the programme and the rules of the conference.

Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela is there.

According to the secretary general, they're expecting everything to go smoothly. He has just clarified that the first two days of the conference will still be dedicated to that consultative conference which was requested by the stalwarts who as you know now won't be attending this conference.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

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He says it is former NEC members that have also been invited that will also form a group of the stalwarts who will be represented.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Mantashe has downplayed divisions in the party.

He says they are not expecting any disruptions, they are not expecting the policy conference to collapse, they say it will be an opportunity for the ANC to strengthen itself and come out of Nasrec next week, united and stronger.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

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