FINQUESTION OF THE WEEK
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?
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