Thuma-mina must drive rad­i­cal so­cioe­co­nomic trans­for­ma­tion

Che Se­lane is the ANCYL Limpopo Pro­vin­cial Sec­re­tary, he write in his ac­tivist per­sonal ca­pac­ity.

African Times - - Perspectives -

The ANC 54th Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Nas­rec ac­knowl­edged a va­ri­ety of ob­jec­tive and sub­jec­tive fac­tors which made it im­pos­si­ble to se­ri­ously pur­sue the agenda for a rad­i­cal so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion. This was be­cause the bal­ance of forces in the coun­try were not in favour of the lib­er­a­tion move­ment. The ANC has made a com­mit­ment to make a de­tailed as­sess­ment of the dy­nam­ics of the African con­ti­nent and to strengthen the global anal­y­sis on geopol­i­tics, multi-lit­er­al­ism and econ­omy, in­clud­ing trade dy­nam­ics.

With these re­al­i­ties, the ANC led govern­ment might not im­ple­ment some of the res­o­lu­tions for a rad­i­cal so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion. This is be­cause the colo­nial en­ter­prises vowed to sab­o­tage any pro­gram that seek to de­velop pe­riph­eral coun­tries.

The min­ing in­dus­tries are on the verge of col­lapse and some have col­lapsed be­cause we never had a plan for such ter­ri­ble and un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dences. The land is still in the hands of the few and the ANC govern­ment failed to de­liver at least 30% of the land to the right­ful own­ers. Banks con­tinue to col­lude and threaten the ex­ist­ing oper­a­tion of the econ­omy and the ANC govern­ment took a de­ci­sion for the state to es­tab­lish its own bank. Other strate­gic and mo­nop­oly in­dus­tries are not yet na­tion­alised and such de­ci­sion is in black and white for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

It would not be for the first time to ex­pe­ri­ence na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of the mines in a global con­text. In fact, na­tion­al­i­sa­tion hap­pened in some of the core and pe­riph­eral coun­tries. In South Africa, it must hap­pen when the ANC is not only the le­gal leader of the state, but a le­git­i­mate leader of govern­ment. The ANC govern­ment is in an ap­pro­pri­ate po­si­tion to lead and im­ple­ment rad­i­cal so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion.

In coun­tries like Botswana the state owns 50% of the mines and pri­vate com­pa­nies own 50% in a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship ar­range­ment as in Deb­swana (De Beers & Botswana govern­ment). The rev­enue gen­er­ated out of part­ner­ship in the mines ben­e­fits the peo­ple of Botswana through in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion and other means nec­es­sary to up­lift their so­cio-eco­nomic con­di­tions. This is a clear demon­stra­tion that the govern­ment of Botswana is com­mit­ted to the peo­ple.

De­spite the fact that we have noth­ing to prove on the de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tiv­ity of this min­ing in­dus­tries, the ANC can be seen as be­tray­ing peo­ple. The ANC as the leader of the state; must own and con­trol at least 40% and pri­vate com­pa­nies 60% so that we fund free ed­u­ca­tion and in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture. If we own 40% of the min­eral re­sources, we will put profit gen­er­ated out of these min­eral re­sources to in­vest in the sovereign na­tional wealth or as­sets for fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the state owned bank is the epi­cen­tre for rad­i­cal so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion. This bank must save the rev­enue gen­er­ated out of the ac­tiv­i­ties which are hap­pen­ing in the mo­nop­oly in­dus­tries. The ANC led govern­ment should be wor­ried if the bank in South Africa de­cides to with­draw or stop con­duct­ing busi­ness with the coun­try. It means that our peo­ple will be vul­ner­a­ble with­out trust or hope to our govern­ment and its lead­er­ship.

There is noth­ing to de­ter the state to es­tab­lish its own bank. In 2008, the Netherlands took a de­ci­sion to na­tion­alise ABN AMBRO bank. The na­tion­al­i­sa­tion pre­vented se­ri­ous in­sta­bil­ity in the fi­nan­cial sec­tor and the econ­omy. It also safe­guarded the in­ter­ests of ac­count hold­ers and when it took over ABN AMRO, the state al­ways said it was a tem­po­rary mea­sure be­cause of the en­vi­ron­ment that the state found it­self in at the time. How­ever, the state had to en­sure that the fi­nan­cial sec­tor had to be suf­fi­ciently sta­ble. This is the in­ter­ven­tion the South African govern­ment led by the ANC can make, na­tion­alise or es­tab­lish its own bank for the fu­ture of South Africans.

The ANC lead­er­ship must have the po­lit­i­cal will to ex­pro­pri­ate land with­out com­pen­sa­tion. The re­cent tra­jec­tory for amend­ment of sec­tion 25 of the con­sti­tu­tion to en­able ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion is an hon­est and a direct re­sponse to the de­mand of the peo­ple. In short, the state must own and con­trol land and any­one who needs the land must ap­ply and state rea­sons why they need the land.

The Thuma-Mina or send me cam­paign pro­gram must never be pro­jected as a pub­lic­ity ex­er­cise, but a project that in­tends to gal­vanise our peo­ple for the pur­pose of restor­ing hope and con­fi­dence in the ANC. Thuma-Mina must un­lock the bot­tle­necks created by the colo­nial-apartheid en­ter­prise. Our peo­ple re­main land­less and suf­fer whilst we have vast and rich tracts land ly­ing idle.

Just like Moses led the chil­dren of Is­rael led the peo­ple out of bondage, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has such a mis­sion to take South Africa out of po­lit­i­cal bondage through ini­tia­tives such Thuma-Mina. The ANC re­mains the only hope for the peo­ple’s eco­nomic eman­ci­pa­tion in their life­time, and in it they trust.

The Thuma-Mina cam­paign must be the plank upon which the ANC 54th na­tional con­fer­ence res­o­lu­tions on rad­i­cal so­cioe­co­nomic trans­for­ma­tion find con­crete ex­pres­sion.

It will be po­lit­i­cally wrong and in­cor­rect to char­ac­terise or de­fine the Thuma-Mina Cam­paign Project as a PR ex­er­cise for Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa with­out sub­stan­tively look­ing at the ide­o­log­i­cal ba­sis of the cam­paign. The Project aimed at defin­ing the ac­cep­tance of the man­date given by the peo­ple of South Africa, through the ANC 54th Na­tional Con­fer­ence to im­ple­ment the con­fer­ence res­o­lu­tion. Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa is the cho­sen one to de­liver the peo­ple of South Africa from neo-colo­nial slav­ery to a dis­pen­sa­tion of free­dom and democ­racy.

It will be du­bi­ous if the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the ANC were to re­nege from im­ple­ment­ing the peo­ple’s man­date. A de­tailed as­sess­ment of po­lit­i­cal dy­nam­ics does not mean that lead­ers must cow­ardly be­tray the peo­ples’ de­mands, be­cause the peo­ple will show them their true colours dur­ing elec­tions. Lead­ers must do what the peo­ple need. Lead­ers must not be­have like Bi­b­li­cal-Jonas who was sent on clear mis­sion, but went astray.

The ANC is the peo­ple’s move­ment and must al­ways act in a man­ner con­sis­tent with the needs and as­pi­ra­tions. Fail­ure will cul­mi­nate in the loss of in­ter­est and hope in the or­gan­i­sa­tion with con­se­quence of poor elec­toral per­for­mance.

Photo Den­vor de Wee/ Vis­ual Buzz SA

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa af­ter be­ing elected Pres­i­dent of the ANC dur­ing the ANC 54th Na­tional Con­fer­ence

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