Radebe: Govt has no excuses for not implementing NDP

Jeff Radebe says the economy has suffered over the past two years and the NDP should help it turn the corner.

ANC head of policy Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Government should have no excuses for failing to implement the National Development Plan (NDP) and officials who refuse to do so, should face consequences, the African National Congress (ANC)'s head of policy Jeff Radebe said on Monday.

The ANC today responded to what it says are the pertinent issues faced by the party and detailed what it considers important policy discussions that will take place at the party's National General Council.

The council will take place in June next year and is expected to debate heated issues such as land reform and small business investment.

Radebe says South Africa's economy has suffered over the past two years and the NDP should help it turn the corner.

But Radebe says the plan remains open to change and contributions from labour movements such as the Congress of South African Trade Unions will be welcomed.

"It's not as if we have shut anybody down. So if there's an engagement to see how to reinforce the NDP to get the end results that we require, we will be able to entertain those proposals but I have not received any written documents on the issues."

Cosatu has previously raised serious concerns around the economic chapter of the plan saying it will increase unemployment and inequality.