Following months of damning allegations against him and other party officials, President Jacob Zuma used his opening address, at the African National Congress’ policy conference, to call for unity in the organisation.
Zuma focused on problems facing the party such as state capture allegations and economic challenges.
Over the next few days, party delegates will debate policies and assess the state of the organisation.
The president has emphasised unity in all these procedures and mostly in the continuation of the ANC.
“Our discussions must be informed by unity which is the rock upon which the ANC was founded. We were taught this by the founding leaders of the movement. Pixley ka Isaka Seme made an appeal for unity.”
Zuma also says government's economic growth forecast of 1.1% for this year may not be achieved.
Earlier this month, the economy slipped into recession as major sectors shrunk while uncertainty surrounding political policy dragged business and consumer confidence to their worst levels in decades.
Zuma took the opportunity to hit out at ANC members who spread negativity towards their own party.
He believes some ANC leaders are contributing to these challenges.
“We also need to look at the issue of ill-discipline in various forms, including public utterances, attacking the movement by ANC leaders and members, instead of handling matters within the organisation and finding constructive solutions”.
The first two days of the conference will focus on discussing the state of the ANC before delegates can debate the party's policies.