Job cre­ation poli­cies pro­posed

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - QUIN­TON MTYALA

ANC deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the party to craft poli­cies which would not harm South Africa’s econ­omy and in­stead adopt those which will ac­cel­er­ate job cre­ation.

“Poli­cies that do not help us cre­ate more jobs, should be re­viewed… Poli­cies that do not help us to ad­dress the is­sues of poverty should be re­viewed and re­vised,” Ramaphosa told an ANC West­ern Cape pol­icy con­fer­ence in Stel­len­bosch.

He em­pha­sised that South Africa could not re­duce in­equal­ity and poverty with­out cre­at­ing jobs.

“If we are to cre­ate jobs, we need an econ­omy that is grow­ing at a faster pace than it has been over the past few years,” said Ramaphosa.

He said rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion was about in­clu­sive growth, and not just the en­rich­ment of “cer­tain fam­i­lies”, a com­ment which was greeted with loud ap­plause.

Ear­lier, be­fore the con­fer­ence could get un­der way, some branches of the ANC, par­tic­u­larly in the Dul­lah Omar re­gion (Cape Town metro), ex­pressed un­hap­pi­ness that they had not been in­formed about it.

The ANC’s Dul­lah Omar lead­er­ship have been vo­cal in their sup­port for un­der-fire Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and, by ex­ten­sion, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

ANC Dul­lah Omar re­gion spokesper­son Khaya Yozi yes­ter­day said the meet­ing at the Stel­len­bosch Town Hall was not a pol­icy con­fer­ence but a “cadres fo­rum” be­cause there had not been proper ac­cred­i­ta­tion of del­e­gates.

“The PEC (pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee) had a spe­cial meet­ing this morn­ing and agreed that com­rade Cyril (Ramaphosa) must ad­dress the cadres fo­rum, and all re­gions will re-reg­is­ter for the pol­icy con­fer­ence,” said Yozi.

But ANC West­ern Cape spokesper­son Lionel Aden­dorf in­sisted that the meet­ing was a pol­icy con­fer­ence.

Ramaphosa said the con­fer­ence was not about who would lead the ANC but the party’s pol­icy pro­pos­als.

He was in­di­rectly re­fer­ring to singing and chant­ing by some in the crowd, ex­press­ing sup­port for either him­self or Dlamini Zuma to lead the ANC.

You are fol­low­ing a tried and tested tra­di­tion

Ramaphosa called on ANC mem­bers to ap­plaud them­selves for be­long­ing to a “truly demo­cratic or­gan­i­sa­tion”.

“You are fol­low­ing a tried-and-tested tra­di­tion. Whether we have money or no money to hold con­fer­ences, this (na­tional pol­icy) con­fer­ence is a must,” said Ramaphosa.

He called on ANC del­e­gates to ex­change views on what should guide the party in fu­ture.

The gath­er­ing should be used as a plat­form to re­new the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“All of us know we’re go­ing through re­ally dif­fi­cult times as an or­gan­i­sa­tion right now.

“This is the plat­form that we must use to fur­ther unite the ANC, to re­new the ANC, to re­vi­talise the ANC, to serve the ANC and to pre­pare the ANC for the na­tional con­fer­ence but more im­por­tantly to pre­pare us to win over­whelm­ing victory in 2019,” said Ramaphosa.

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