JOHANNESBURG - South African Communist Party (SACP) Deputy General Secretary Jeremy Cronin said on Thursday he does not believe the African National Congress’ (ANC) policy document around what the party calls the second transition, is the best starting point for a debate on real transformation.
Cronin criticised the document in an evalation on the SACP's website, ahead of the ANC's policy conference next week.
In his critique he said the ANC’s document overplayed some of the successes of the first transition after the majority attained political power in 1994.
Cronin believes the document can be improved, “You can’t separate the challenges and the failures on the social and economic front – you can’t separate those from the question of the imperative of looking at political power and transforming it.”
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday the ruling party was ready for its policy conference next week, ahead of its conference in Mangaung at the end of the year.
Mantashe elaborated on the importance of the policy conference because previous policies and implementations will be reviewed.
“The committee has now developed policies and those draft policies go to policy conference for processing, where delegates from branches debate,” Mantashe explained.
“Ultimately those policies will end up in the national conference.”
(Edited by Clare Matthes)