ANC to assess the way policies have been used

The ANC's NGC has the power to suggest new agencies or means of achieving policy objectives.

FILE: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says its National General Council (NGC) will assess the way its policies have been used by government and whether there's a need to change the methods used to implement them.

The NGC has the power to suggest new agencies or means of achieving policy objectives.

The party's secretary general Gwede Mantashe says senior leaders are supposed to simplify complex economic policy and delegates will discuss how this impacts on the poor and whether it helps alleviate poverty.

Mantashe says the ANC has consulted extensively with academics and experts on its policies and will now review what the party has learnt with its members.

"Every member of the ANC knows something; it's that collective knowledge that enables the ANC to take informed decisions."

The secretary general says the aim of the conference is to improve the outcome of its policies.

"NGC can review implementation and can say 'accelerate it ad use tools you think you can use'."

The party also admits that governance of state owned enterprises will be in sharp focus at this conference.