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South Africa ruling party discuss change for improved governance


By Ndumiso Mlilo JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) announced on Sunday a discussion document with a view to generating some policy changes in improving the ruling party’s social, economic and political performance.

The Economic Transformation Discussion Document, currently inviting public comments, will be on the agenda of the ANC’s 53rd National Policy Conference, schedule from June 30 to July 5, ANC Head of Policy Jeff Radebe said at a press conference.

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  He explained that the party would now see the shift from political emancipation to social-economic freedom, which could be achieved through radical economic transformation.

The document "acknowledges that South Africa has not made enough progress in reducing unemployment and that we need to increase wages, broad-based ownership and the control of the economy," he said.

Therefore, he added, the document must be judged on the extent to which it radically and systematically improves the lives and opportunities of those "who are marginalized and excluded."

The transformation is to be achieved through increase in youth access to vocational training and apprenticeship programs in combination with public service youth brigades.

The ANC also intends to assist black entrepreneurs in setting up small businesses and cooperatives.

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And it will alsobetter regulate the private sector so as to avoid price monopoly, unfair competition and unfair labour practices.

In preparation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Radebe said the document stressed that technological advances must be utilized to address poverty, inequality and unemployment.

The ANC also proposes the speedy establishment of an integrity and ethics management office and building requisite capacity at all levels of government, including a lifestyle audit of senior public servants in the fight against corruption.

The party also intends to gain loss ground by strengthening their electoral strategy and set up an electoral college which will make a decision to reject or accept the candidate submitted by provinces.

Ayanda Dlodlo, chairperson of the ANC Legislature and Governance Subcommittee, said:

"We want to have a policy on coalition on negotiable and non-negotiable issues.

"We want to develop a document which will guide us on how the team has to be constituted."

Last year, the opposition political parties formed coalitions and defeated the ANC in some strategic municipalities during the local government elections.

Enoch Godongwana, chairperson of the ANC Economic Transformation Subcommittee said they want to return the land to the people, and all the land that was illegally acquired or used for crime will be taken without compensation.

The ANC will consult analysts this week to discuss the documents before visiting different fields of people, including the media, to engage their proposals.


South Africa ruling party calls for discipline and unity

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress(ANC), urged its members on Sunday to follow the disciplines and the organizational policies.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu made the remarks at a press conference, after its Women’s League has nominated and continued to campaign for Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to be the next president of the party and of the country.

The ANC asks its members not to nominate or campaign for anyone and can only do so at the right time.

Moreover, the Women’s League, together with the ANC’s Youth League, have accused the country’s Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, of supporting white monopoly capital and called for his resignation.

Calling that "indiscipline," Mthembu called on all ANC members to keep quiet and adhere to what the leadership has said.

Mthembu said party members should desist from attacking each other in the public, adding that:

"You can criticize me in whatever manner in the National Executive Council meetings."

Jeff Radebe, ANC’s Head of Policy and Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, aired similar views.

Lindiwe Sisulu, chairperson of the ANC Social Transformation Subcommittee, said they are yearning for a time when all party members would be disciplined and follow the party protocols.

The call for discipline and unity within the ruling party came on the same day with the party’s announcement of a discussion document, aimed at generating policy changes in improving its social, economic and political performance.

The ruling party will probably call for presidential nominations after a national policy conference scheduled from June 30 to July 5.


South Africa ruling party vows to address internal challenges

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday launched its policy strategy, vowing to address its own internal challenges.

The strategy, known as Discussion Documents, recognizes that the ANC is increasingly losing the trust of the people as illustrated by declining electoral performance and intense public criticism.

This refers to the Local Government Election last year in which the ANC lost some major cities such as Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Nelson Mandela Bay. The ANC has thus came under criticism for arrogance, nepotism, corruption and inability.

The Documents list a series of internal challenges confronted by the ANC such as social distance between leaders and members, widespread corruption, poor performance in government and abuse of organizational processes for personal gain.

These challenges "will contribute to the ANC’s demise if left unattended", the party warned.

"The organization must act urgently to restore its moral character, to win back the trust of the people and to ensure that the ANC is structured optimally to remain the leader of the motive forces for change," the ANC said.

The ANC launched the Discussion Papers in order to inform debate and discussion towards the 2017 National Policy Conference, to be held from June 30 to July 5 this year, ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

It is only the National Conference of the ANC that adopts policy.

"The ANC looks forward to wide-ranging discussions, highlighting divergent views and intense debate on its policy proposals and we trust that the organization and the nation will emerge from this process with a united, common vision of our country’s developmental trajectory," Kodwa said.

The documents propose that the ANC should maintain its dual character as a national liberation movement and a political party, specifically as access to state power.

The paper acknowledges that South Africa has not made enough progress in reducing unemployment and inequality.

The paper stresses the need to increase wages and broad-based ownership and control of the economy.

The ANC’s programme to transform South Africa’s society and economy must, therefore, be judged on the extent to which it radically and systematically improves the lives and opportunities of those who are marginalized and excluded, according to the paper.

The paper proposes a series of measures to ensure that the ANC strengthen radical economic transformation.

These measures aim to reduce unemployment and specifically youth unemployment, return the land to the people and increase black ownership and control in the economy, among others, the party says.

At the heart of the Discussion Documents remain the ANC’s call for the second phase of the National Democratic Revolution that requires a more intense focus on the full radical economic and social transformation of the country.


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