ANC Gauteng wants NGC to tackle parastatal problems

Thousands of ANC delegates will start meeting in Midrand on Friday to review the party’s policies.

FILE: Former ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe (L) watches as former President Jacob Zuma (R) dances at the ANC victory celebrations in the Johannesburg CBD on 10 May 2014 following the party's comprehensive win in the 2014 national elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - As the African National Congress (ANC) prepares for its national general council (NGC) which formally starts on Friday, the party in Gauteng says the national development plan will not be realised if problems in parastatals are not fixed.

Thousands of ANC delegates will start meeting in Midrand tomorrow to review the party's policies.

The Gauteng ANC says that action is needed to stabilise the criminal justice system. It also says there should be free education up to undergraduate level.

Meanwhile, the national ANC's Keith Khoza says secretary general Gwede Mantashe will give more detail about people attending the conference today.

"The SG will be talking to that which would outline the presentation of the provinces, branches, invited guests and all categories of participants."

The party says some of the problems experienced by state-owned entities reflect deep problems of governance, which is impacting on the state's ability to stimulate economic development.

The provincial party says there must be decisive action to resolve the issue.

President Jacob Zuma will give a political address tomorrow, while Mantashe is expected to give an organisational report.

CHIKANE CALLS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY

Veteran ANC leader Reverend Frank Chikane said he hopes a document which contains suggestions for the renewal of the ANC will be discussed at the NGC.

In the document Chikane warned the ruling party that it had reached a point of no return and faced the possibility of losing elections unless it owned up to its problems.

He said the risk of ANC support falling below 50 percent in the next national election was real and dangerous.

[LISTEN] Xolani Gwala talking to Reverand Frank Chikane

Mantashe has criticised Chikane and accused him of leaking his document to the media.

But Chikane said he had faith that the leadership of the ANC would address his concerns for the sake of the future of the country.

"So I am hoping the leadership will hear me."