WC ANC wants agrarian reform

The ANC in the Western Cape said it wants agrarian reform to be debated in Mangaung.

The ANC in the Western Cape wants agrarian reform to be debated in Mangaung.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape ANC on Monday said it wants issues of agrarian reform, housing and job creation to be discussed during the party's Mangaung conference.

Last week, the province held its nominations conference after two failed attempts.

This after problems were reported with the verification of branch delegates.

The conference eventually voted to support Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for the position of ANC president.

The province, together with Gauteng and the ANC Youth League want Motlanthe to take over from President Jacob Zuma.

Motlanthe has not indicated whether he will accept the nomination.

The province has been criticised for being divided with its chairman and secretary supporting two different camps.

Party Secretary Songezo Mjongile has downplayed those concerns.

"We encourage open, democratic and vibrant debates where members can express their different views."

He says a number of key issues will be raised in Mangaung.

"One of the key issues for us is the issue of agrarian reforms. The latest farm protest in De Doorns speaks to that quite eloquently. We need to address the fact that our people still do not have a share of the land that they work on."

In November, De Doorns farmworkers went on a strike demanding a salary of R150 a day.

The strike quickly spread to 16 other farming towns.

The industrial action became violent went protesters started torching vineyards and looting shops.

The strike was later called off.

The department is engaging with individual farmers to find a solution.

The ANC's 53rd elective conference will get underway on Sunday.