Jessie Duarte: The new SACP speaks to the media first then speaks to the ANC

African National Congress (ANC) deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte, joined 702 host, Stephen Grootes for a discussion on the party's national policy conference.

Duarte informs Grootes that day one of the policy conference went well. She says the conference is robust, which is what the party had hoped it would be.

A lot of people are very cautious in the presence of the media now. We don't know what to do, we don't know how it is going to be interpreted any longer.

Jessie Duarte, deputy secretary general, ANC

Duarte dispels assumptions that the conference was met with less 'gees' compared to previous conferences. She says the ANC spirit was very much alive referring to singing and cheers from various branches on Friday evening.

Second Deputy General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) suggested he enjoyed the first half of President Zuma's address but criticised the second half of the speech. Duarte says the SACP should never be an uncritical ally of the ANC.

The SACP also has to accept that sometimes it is better to speak in a boardroom first. Whereas the new SACP speaks to the media first then speaks to the ANC.

Jessie Duarte, deputy secretary general, ANC

I thought what the President had to say in the second half of his speech was interesting and perhaps necessary says Duarte. She adds that there is no longer any problem with criticising individuals or organisations, further expressing that the ANC takes all the punches.

Duarte also dismisses previous reports of a strained relationship with colleague, ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe.

Commenting on state capture, Duarte says the ANC is discussing corporate capture as well as the influence business has on the ANC. She adds that it is a matter they are taking seriously.

I think if the Gupta's have done anything criminal, they must go to court.

Jessie Duarte, deputy secretary general, ANC

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