JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa’s ruling party African National
Congress (ANC)’s national conference closed here Thursday, and
the party’s newly elected leader Cyril Ramaphosa called for
the party’s members to unite and accept the results of the
Ramaphosa made the
call as the 54th National Congress of the ANC
closed on Thursday morning.
The ANC on Monday
elected Ramaphosa as the party’s president for the next five
years to replace Jacob Zuma, who is also the current president
of the country.
In his first
address as the ANC president at the closing ceremony of the
conference, Ramaphosa said: “You have decided you want a
united leadership. You have crafted songs about how unity in
this leadership you have voted for should manifest itself.”
the party members to talk less and act more to meet South
Africans’ desire for the ANC to develop the economy, create
jobs and improve the people’s livelihood.
“The people want
action, not words. They are waiting for action. Our people
want an ANC that is true to its mission and lives the values
that it espouses,” he said.
Ramaphosa said the
ANC will accelerate programs of land reform and rural
development as part of a radical socio-economic
He also said that
the ANC will revamp the state-owned enterprises to ensure that
they serve the people and fight corruption.
“Given all these
challenges we are called upon to act against corruption,
collusion and other economic crimes prevalent in the public
and private sector. This conference has resolved that this
must be acted upon and stopped. Corruption has to be stopped
and it must happen with immediate effect,” Ramaphosa said.
The ANC is in
alliance with the South African Communist Party, the Congress
of South African Trade Unions and the South African National
Civic Organization. Ramaphosa said the conference has resolved
to mend the relations of the alliance.
“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,” he said.
Secretary-General Ace Magashule said the conference went well
and agreed to work toward strengthening the party to create a
prosperous South Africa.
“The ANC commits
to the people of South Africa that we shall isolate and root
out corrupt tendencies in the public and private sector,”
“The ANC committed
to speed up services to our people. We depart from this
conference fully aware that the work of restoring the
integrity of our movement has just begun ... We emerged more
united,” he said.
secretary-general said that the party should work to address
the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality and
“work much harder, to rebuild and unite this glorious movement
of our people.”
ANC National Congress began on Saturday in Johannesburg to
elect the party’s new leader and members of its national
beat former Africa Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma to become the new ANC leader to succeed Zuma, who
will remain the president of South Africa until 2019 when
South Africa holds its presidential and parliamentary
At the conference
that opened on Saturday, Zuma said in his speech that he was
ready to retire and join the party veterans.