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Policies adopted at ANC sessions this week will affect the entire nation, but the media aren’t welcome as the party “doesn’t want to hold back”.

The media have been barred from most of the ANC’s policy conference sessions in Midrand, which kicks off on Tuesday.

“There will be closed sessions at the conference as we don’t want people to hold back because of the media. We want open conversation where people won’t be afraid to say what they feel,” ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday.

Mantashe assured journalists that although the conference would be largely off limits to the media, regular press conferences would be held to “inform” the press.

The conference will be opened by President Jacob Zuma and will run at Gallagher Estate until Friday.

Mantashe said about 3 500 delegates were expected to attend, comprising branch members, national executive committee delegates, alliance partners, ANC leagues and other representatives.

On Tuesday, the ruling party’s three main policy documents on organisational renewal, strategy and tactics as well as the state intervention in mining will be discussed, along with the national development plan spearheaded by Trevor Manuel.  Read more…