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ANC to make NGC documents public

This will provide a basis for discussions on policies around the economy, society, health and education.

FILE: African National Congress (ANC) supporters. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's now going to release its discussion documents on various policy issues, for its National General Council (NGC), on Monday.

The documents will provide a basis for discussions on policies around the economy, society, health and education.

The release of these documents will be the starting gun for proper discussions leading up to the NGC in October.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa says they are important as a basis for proper debate.

He added, "As part of our reviewing of the policy since the last conference of the ANC and in our internal culture of the ANC, because we believe in democracy, these documents in public discussion will enrich the final resolution".

The party says that it's main focus will be on the economy, amid concerns that the mining sector is about to shed jobs, while the manufacturing sector is struggling.

The NGC is the party's biggest gathering between conferences and could set the stage for decisions that will affect government policy.

Kodwa said this is a chance to have a proper public discussion about the party's ideas.

"So when we release them into public, we invite the public stakeholders, individuals and organisations and associations to make input. We will be meeting with a number of stakeholders to give them space, to hear them."

However, the NGC could also be used by different groups in the ruling party to start lobbying for leadership positions, after President Jacob Zuma's term as ANC president ends in 2017.

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