Row over mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal racial pro­fil­ing

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - KHAYA KOKO AND BHEKI MBAN­JWA

THE ANC pol­icy con­fer­ence got off to a dis­rup­tive start yes­ter­day as fis­sures over the econ­omy flared up.

The Star has es­tab­lished that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s sup­port­ers pushed for ANC pol­icy guru Joel Net­shiten­zhe to apol­o­gise for telling the me­dia that nine out of 11 com­mis­sions agreed that mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal should not be racialised.

“I will not apol­o­gise and I am will­ing to face the con­se­quences,” he told more than 3 500 del­e­gates at Nas­rec, Soweto.

At a brief­ing on Tues­day evening, Net­shiten­zhe an­nounced: “It (mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal) man­i­fests it­self dif­fer­ently in var­i­ous parts of the globe, and it would, there­fore, not be cor­rect to char­ac­terise ours as white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal.”

This drew the ire of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and North West – sup­port­ers of Zuma and the Gupta fam­ily – who wanted Net­shiten­zhe to apol­o­gise for what he told the me­dia.

They ar­gued that his re­port was in­cor­rect.

“He said he pre­sented the out­come of the com­mis­sions cor­rectly,” said a del­e­gate, who asked to re­main anony­mous.

The meet­ing was fur­ther dis­rupted af­ter del­e­gates sup­port­ing Zuma and the ANC Youth League, de­fied na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) mem­ber Jeff Radebe, who wanted to start the ple­nary ses­sion.

“They were singing ‘Ba­holi bethu Siyanix­elela imhlophe imonopoly’ (lead­ers, we are telling you that mo­nop­oly is white),” an­other del­e­gate said.

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe was forced to apol­o­gise on be­half of the con­fer­ence’s steer­ing com­mit­tee for Net­shiten­zhe’s com­ment.

“He said Joel should not have men­tioned that nine out of 11 com­mis­sions re­jected the use of the (term) ‘white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal’.

“The rea­son is that it pro­jected di­vi­sions rather than the fact that we had agreed to con­tinue en­gag­ing – not­ing that there was no gen­eral con­sen­sus,” a del­e­gate said.

Mem­bers of the steer­ing com­mit­tee in­clude Man­tashe, his deputy Jessie Duarte, trea­surer-gen­eral Zweli Mkhize, youth league sec­re­tary-gen­eral Njabulo Nzuza and all pro­vin­cial sec­re­taries – among oth­ers.

But the KZN del­e­gates, led by chair­per­son Sihle Zikalala, are said not to have been ap­peased by Man­tashe’s apol­ogy, and threat­ened to re­port Net­shiten­zhe to the NEC and the party’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

KZN, Free State, North West and the youth league raised count­less points of or­der dur­ing the con­fer­ence.

KZN del­e­gates left the con­fer­ence claim­ing vic­tory af­ter forc­ing the ple­nary to con­sider us­ing the term “white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal”.

Sources told The Star that del­e­gates pushed the is­sue hard at the ple­nary on Tues­day night.

“Af­ter the ple­nary was ad­journed on Tues­day ,we went back and cau­cused. We had to win that one; it was psy­cho­log­i­cal,” said a KZN del­e­gate.

The del­e­gate said some mem­bers even sug­gested that Net­shiten­zhe be stripped of his ac­cred­i­ta­tion tag and be re­moved.

“We are not go­ing to let it rest. Net­shiten­zhe must be dis­ci­plined,” said an­other proZuma del­e­gate.

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