South Africa: Ruling party to discuss policy changes for better governance

JOHANNESBURG – 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.

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, and better regulate the private sector so as to avoid price monopoly, unfair competition and unfair labor 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.

Source: Angola Press News Agency