KZN structures want radical changes
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.