Is the ANC busi­ness group, the Pro­gres­sive Busi­ness Fo­rum, a healthy way to fa­cil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the busi­ness com­mu­nity and lead­ing mem­bers of the ANC?

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THE ANC con­tin­ues to be un­able to dis­tin­guish be­tween its role as po­lit­i­cal party and its role in gov­ern­ment. Gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees – whether they be­long to the rul­ing party or not – serve the pub­lic, not the ANC. To use civil ser­vants to raise money for the rul­ing party is morally wrong, un­demo­cratic and typ­i­cal of the ANC.

DOUGLAS GIB­SON Demo­cratic Al­liance chief whip

AT its worse, the ANC busi­ness group cre­ates an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for cor­rup­tion to flour­ish. At its best it cre­ates the per­cep­tion among im­por­tant stake­hold­ers that the ANC’s and the State’s poli­cies and their po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship are for sale. Per­haps the is­sue of party fund­ing and its reg­u­la­tion should be placed on the na­tional agenda.

ADAM HABIB po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst

THERE is noth­ing wrong with the rul­ing party hav­ing brief­ings with busi­ness and other stake­hold­ers. How­ever, when stake­hold­ers have to pay fees for what they are en­ti­tled to as cit­i­zens, a ques­tion arises about min­is­ters as mem­bers of the State and the rul­ing party. There­fore the ANC opens it­self to a con­flict to sep­a­rate the party and the State.

AUBREY MAT­SHIQI po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst

THE PBF has as its pri­mary ob­jec­tive an on­go­ing di­a­logue be­tween the ANC and busi­ness. Mem­bers re­ceive reg­u­lar in­for­ma­tion on ANC poli­cies and pro­grammes and in­ter­ac­tion with ANC lead­ers in var­i­ous fo­rums. The PBF op­er­ates like many other busi­ness fo­rums, in­clud­ing those run by po­lit­i­cal par­ties, both in SA and in other democ­ra­cies.

SMUTS NGONYAMA ANC spokesper­son

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