KZN struc­tures want rad­i­cal changes

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Politics -

AT THE ANC’s Na­tional Pol­icy Con­fer­ence, the party struc­tures in KwaZu­luNatal will ad­vo­cate for a ma­jor pol­icy re­view, in­clud­ing land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion and rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion.

They are propos­ing that the ma­jor­ity of ships ex­port­ing goods be South African owned. The pro­vin­cial party wants the state to own a stake of at least 30% in all min­ing com­pa­nies.

KwaZulu-Natal – which is send­ing the big­gest num­ber of del­e­gates to the ANC’s Na­tional Pol­icy Con­fer­ence wants the ruling party to take rad­i­cal steps to deal with the land is­sue.

The pro­vin­cial party will lobby for a res­o­lu­tion to amend the Con­sti­tu­tion so that land can be ex­pro­pri­ated with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

The ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Sihle Zikalala says: “We are firm on land ex­pro­pri­a­tion with­out com­pen­sa­tion. As an ap­proach to achieve this we are go­ing to en­gage by say­ing the ANC should lobby all African par­ties in Par­lia­ment to re­view the Con­sti­tu­tion of the coun­try. If that fails we can go for a ref­er­en­dum af­ter­wards.”

On eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, the prov­ince be­lieves the econ­omy of South Africa re­mains skewed and is in the hands of white peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly white males.

The pro­vin­cial party says while it wel­comes the Min­ing Char­ter; it be­lieves the state needs to play a prom­i­nent role in min­ing. This would in­clude hold­ing at least a 30% stake in all min­ing com­pa­nies.

Zikalala says it’s high time that ships ex­port­ing goods from South Africa be lo­cally owned. Cur­rently, al­most all of th­ese ships are owned and reg­is­tered in other coun­tries.

“We are say­ing we must in­dus­tri­alise in the coun­try. In­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion must in­clude ship man­u­fac­tur­ing or ship build­ing. We are say­ing at least 50% of ex­ported goods should be ex­ported on South African ships so that we get Africans to par­tic­i­pate in that space.”

On free ed­u­ca­tion, the pro­vin­cial ANC will be call­ing for the ac­cel­er­a­tion of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of free ed­u­ca­tion.

How­ever, Zikalala says the ben­e­fi­cia­ries should be those stu­dents com­ing from house­holds where the com­bined in­come is less than R600 000 per year.

“We will en­gage the Na­tional Pol­icy Con­fer­ence in ed­u­ca­tion be­com­ing free at least for stu­dents whose par­ents earn less than R600000. Ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion must be free, at least for the first de­gree.”

While the party in the prov­ince sup­ports a pro­posal to amend the ANC con­sti­tu­tion to cre­ate the po­si­tion of a sec­ond deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral, it re­jects calls for the ANC to have two deputy pres­i­dents.

“The is­sue of two deputy pres­i­dents is not go­ing to as­sist our move­ment be­cause we must not cre­ate po­si­tions for the sake of hav­ing in­di­vid­u­als at­tached to po­si­tions but there must be re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

Mean­while, the Na­tional Pol­icy Con­fer­ence will also re­flect on the party’s poor per­for­mance in metros such as Nel­son Man­dela Bay, Tsh­wane and the City of Jo­han­nes­burg.

It will also take stock of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of poli­cies adopted at the last con­fer­ence.

This will in­clude the fail­ure to es­tab­lish a state bank and a state phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany. – SABC

POL­ICY PUSH: KwaZulu-Natal ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary, Sihle Zikalala.

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