Crim­i­nal busi­ness ac­tions con­demned

The Mercury - - NEWS - Bheki Mban­jwa

THE Fed­er­a­tion for Rad­i­cal Eco­nomic Trans­for­ma­tion (FFRET) has dis­tanced it­self from busi­ness fo­rums that have in­vaded con­struc­tion sites and ex­torted money from con­trac­tors, say­ing while it re­mains rad­i­cal, it does not sup­port crim­i­nal acts.

The fed­er­a­tion, whose af­fil­i­ates in­clude the De­lan­gokubona busi­ness fo­rum, said there was a new or­gan­i­sa­tion go­ing around du­pli­cat­ing its pro­grammes in a bid to tar­nish its name.

“We note with dis­gust some in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions are go­ing around il­le­gally in­vad­ing sites and es­tab­lish­ments. As FFRET we are com­mit­ted to rad­i­cal en­gage­ments with stake­hold­ers for the re­al­i­sa­tion of rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion (RET),” said Malusi Zondi, the fed­er­a­tion’s gen­eral sec­re­tary.

Zondi was speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, where the fed­er­a­tion out­lined its plans to ac­cel­er­ate the im­ple­men­ta­tion of rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion pro­grammes to fast-track the in­clu­sion of black peo­ple in the main­stream econ­omy.

The fed­er­a­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive lamented what it said was the slow pace of rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, say­ing there ap­peared to be re­luc­tance on the part of govern­ment and the private sec­tor to en­sure that trans­for­ma­tion of the econ­omy be­comes a re­al­ity.

“Over the past few months the non-will­ing­ness to even men­tion RET in govern­ment pro­grammes is alarm­ing, and had a neg­a­tive im­pact on the private sec­tor’s will­ing­ness to play its part in fast-track­ing RET,” Zondi said.

“Those private sec­tor stake­hold­ers that had started to move their pro­cure­ment and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment poli­cies to RET have since ei­ther slowed down or aban­doned those ef­forts. We fully blame govern­ment for that,” he said.

The fed­er­a­tion ap­plauded the eThek­wini mu­nic­i­pal­ity, say­ing it was the only mu­nic­i­pal­ity that had a rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion pol­icy.

The fed­er­a­tion’s lead­er­ship, how­ever, said some of­fi­cials were re­luc­tant to im­ple­ment such poli­cies. It said it would en­gage with the De­part­ment of Co-op­er­a­tive Gover­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs and with the South African Lo­cal Govern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (Salga) to en­sure all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties adopted pro-RET poli­cies.

Mean­while, the De­lan­gokubona busi­ness fo­rum yes­ter­day lam­basted the me­dia for re­fer­ring to it as a busi­ness mafia.

The fo­rum said such la­bels “can only create a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for po­lice and private se­cu­rity of­fi­cers to shoot and kill mem­bers of a le­git busi­ness fo­rum who may be rais­ing le­git­i­mate con­cerns”.

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