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ANC conference set to flesh out 'second transition' idea

Delegates will flesh out the idea of the ‘second transition’ on day two of the ANC’s policy conference.

An ANC supporter cheers loudly on the first day of the party's policy conference held at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, on 26 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN
President Jacob Zuma,ANC,ANCYL,2012 ANC policy conference,ANC Deputy Secretary General Thandi Modise
Local Politics

MIDRAND - ANC delegates will start to flesh out the idea of the second transition and how the country's economy must change on Tuesday - the second day of the party's national policy conference.

The party has proposed the idea of a second transition. It says the first transition was to rid the country of apartheid laws while the second will tackle high unemployment and poverty rates.

About 3, 500 delegates made up of ANC branches, its leagues, alliances and business people are attending the conference at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, to debate the country’s future over the next three days.

However, decisions on policy will not be made this week.

In his opening address on Monday, ANC president Jacob Zuma said radical economic change was needed.

He did not spell out in much detail what he meant about the idea of “radical economic change”, but said the current system could not last and that too many people receive money from the government. 

“No country can be a country of social grants. It can’t be - we’ve got to do something as government.”

When asked if government failures were to blame for the current situation, Zuma said he did not think so, however admitting that “there may be difficulties in the manner in which the government has to implement its policies.”

Businesses asked for policy certainty from the conference, but company CEOs may feel they have not received much detail yet. 

Meanwhile, Zuma also told delegates the ANC must strictly ensure its members are disciplined - or be taken advantage of.

Discipline in the organisation has been a strong focus at the policy conference, with the ANC president saying the ruling party must entrench a culture of discipline.

On the issue of songs sung during the four-day conference, national Deputy Secretary General Thandi Modise said they should not be derogatory.

“We do not want to demean any member of the ANC, whether that member is a leader or just a member”. 

Zuma said while it is too early for succession discussions, it is okay for members to sing about their leaders.

ANC branches and its leagues have shared different views publicly on who they want the party to be led by next.

The party will hold its elective conference in December. 

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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