ANC rejects ‘white monopoly capital’ as enemy

The relationship that exists is that of cooperation, for big companies to invest in South Africa, create jobs and give people the skills.

The ANC policy conference rejected the use of ‘white monopoly capital’ to describe the problems in the economy.

National executive committee member Joel Netshitenzhe said nine of its eleven commissions at the policy conference agreed after intense discussions on the “reality of white dominance” in the economy but then felt the use of ‘white monopoly capital’ was incorrect.

Netshitenzhe addressed journalists after plenary on Tuesday night after commission had concluded their business and said that the relationship that exists between the African National Congress and capital as well as monopoly capital is that of unity, cooperation and contestation as per their 2007 Polokwane resolution.

“With regard to the strategic goals of the ANC there was the issue that was raised about how in simply terms we can  characterise this National Democratic Society,” Netshitenzhe said.

“The agreement as reflected in the draft [is that] the closest that society can be equated to across the globe would be a combination of a developmental state that leads in ensuring very high rates of growth but secondly combined with a social democratic state that ensures re-distribution of resources in favour of the poor,” he said.

“There are areas in which we seek to cooperate with them… higher rates of investment, job creation and skilling of people,” the NEC member said.

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“There is no reference to monopoly capital as an enemy of the ANC or of the National Democratic Movement. If they were the enemy, what do you do to the enemy? You destroy the enemy and so with our approach to monopoly capital, there might be areas of divergence, we need to regulate, and you need to discipline them where it is necessary,” Netshitenzhe told journalists.

He was briefing them on what the Strategy and Tactics commission discussed at the party’s 5th national policy conference in Nasrec, Soweto.

“In that context, it would therefore not be correct to characterise ours simply as white monopoly capital. That  relationship would apply whether it’s Japanese, Indian, white or whatever category you can think about,” he said.

The proposal to force the policy conference to declare ‘white monopoly capital’ as an enemy of the ANC revolution is believed to have been brought by Mpumalanga, North West, Free State and KZN as well as the ANCYL and  ANCWL but rejected by Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape.

Netshitenzhe added that the ANC cannot run way from the reality of white dominance in the economy, “in the context of assets, income of the professions as well as other privileges that we have inherited from the past”.

Meanwhile, North West ANC chairman Supra Mahumapelo said that ANC leaders briefing media on plenary recommendations but confuse them with commission resolutions is wrong.

“That is against the spirit in which as ANC we deal with issues, issues that come from commissions, regions, provinces they get to be tabled in plenary. As soon as they are tabled in plenary you no longer talk commissions because now they are deposited into plenary,” Mahumapelo said.

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Maine says reports of ANCYL ditching Mabuza ‘not true’

Oros says a decision to have DD as candidate for the deputy president position is an NEC decision.

ANCYL leader Collen Maine has quashed reports that the league wants to remove Premier David Mabuza from the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma slate, saying an NEC meeting is responsible for such decision.

“We didn’t have an NEC meeting, so I don’t know where that comes from,” Maine told the 013NEWS reporter on the sidelines of the ANC policy conference in Nasrec, Soweto.

“We still support comrade DD,” he said.

This follows a press statement making the rounds on the social networks that the league will remove Mabuza from the Premier League slate.

Mlondolozi Mkhize, the league’s national spokesman, said he saw the statement but then “that’s fake news things, it’s not our statement that one”.

The Sowetan reported that the league ‘confirmed’ they will ditch Mabuza but Mkhize told 013NEWS that this is still “fake news”.

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The Premier League, comprised of North West, Mpumalanga, Free State and KZN, wants Dlamini-Zuma to succeed President Jacob Zuma and Mabuza to succeed deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

The ANC in KZN is reported to be having negotiations with other provinces for Ramaphosa to remain the deputy president of the ANC in a slate that wants Dlamini-Zuma as the president.

The Premier League also wants Free State ANC leader Ace Magashule to take over as the party’s secretary-general.

“There has not been another NEC meeting discussing removing comrade DD because that can only be taken by the NEC of the ANCYL.

“We are still standing by the list we have pronounced and when there are engagements we will go back to the NEC but now there are no engagements,” Maine said.

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Mabuza admits alliance at its weakest, repeats call for unity

He says it occurs for the first time in history that alliance partners call for an ANC president to step down.

Mpumalanga ANC leader David Mabuza has taken his campaign for unity to a greater height using the policy conference to admit the house is falling apart.

Mabuza addressed the ANC provincial policy conference held at the Mbombela stadium on Saturday and said if the ANC-led mass democratic movement failed to unite it will not see the light of day.

The provincial policy conference was attended by all branch executive committee members, regional and alliance leaders as well as municipal deployees.

He said the alliance partners were calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down but they didn’t do this through thorough engagement with the structures, “this is done in the media”.

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“If you say to the ANC, as an alliance partner, that Jacob Zuma must step down, what do you want the ANC to do? Knowing very well that Jacob Zuma was elected by branches of the ANC,” Mabuza said.

“No one anywhere can call for the head of the ANC president except for the branches of the ANC,” Mabuza said to thunderous applause.

“We are at our weakest. We are at our weakest,” he said while on stage.

In April 2017, Cosatu called for Zuma to resign as both ANC and government leader, saying it has lost confidence in him as a person capable of uniting the movement.

This followed a cabinet reshuffle that saw finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas sacked and replaced by Melusi Gigaba and Sfiso Buthelezi.

The SACP also wants Zuma to resign, with SANCO endorsing his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed him.

“The unity and cohesion of the alliance is at its weakest. It’s at its weakest,” Mabuza said.

Mabuza admits alliance at its weakest, repeats call for unity

He said the national congress in December 2017 is the right platform to tell the President to step down.

He said in December 2017 Zuma will step down as ANC president and will do so in 2019 as South Africa’s president.

But he warned the 6000 plus delegates that when Zuma leaves “our problems will remain,” adding Zuma only contributes 1% of the problems “and the rest of the problems we’re all participants”.

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“We have forgotten our duties as the ANC together with the alliance to mobilise society into our programs of transforming society, busy fighting one another.

“And this has affected the movement. If still we want to lead this country and transform society for the better we must understand that that requires a united revolutionary movement. That is the only instrument you can have to transform society, if you don’t have that instrument you must just forget,  you can sing nice slogans but it will be the end of you,” he said.

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Mabuza not impressed by Bonakele Majuba’s no-show

He wanted to see the SACP leader at the policy conference or at least the SACP leader send a proper delegation to represent them.

Mpumalanga ANC leader David Mabuza is not impressed that SACP leader Bonakele Majuba didn’t come to the provincial policy conference.

He expected Majuba to come in person and deliver the SACP’s message of support or send someone who was properly delegated to come speak, according to him.

Mabuza said this after SACP central committee member Madala Masuku told the thousands of ANC delegates who attended the provincial policy conference at the Mbombela stadium on Saturday morning that he popped in on his way from Mozambique.

Masuku told delegates that he was passing Mbombela coming from Mozambique when he was asked by the SACP in the province to stop by the policy conference and represent them.

Mabuza not impressed by Bonakele Majuba's no-show

Madala Masuku informs dep. chairwowan Violet Siwela who was charing the meeting that he has been asked to deliver the SACP’s message of support. MfisoDIGITAL/ZK.

“What a surprise,” Mabuza said. “What a surprise,” he repeated.

“Comrade Madala was just passing and he saw us here and they said to him ‘because you’re there, represent us’, what a surprise,” Mabuza said.

“Please tell comrade Majuba I’m not happy,” he said to Masuku.

Masuku, a senior member of the SACP, is also the country’s economic development deputy minister.

Mabuza not impressed by Bonakele Majuba's no-show

Madala Masuku. MfisoDIGITAL/ZK.

Mabuza then asked delegates to stand up for a moment of silence in memory of SACP national leader Blade Nzimande’s mother, who died a week ago.

Nozipho Nzimande died at the age of 90 on 11 June 2017.

“We want to convey our sincere condolences to the family, to the entire leadership of the SACP for the loss of our mother,” said Mabuza.

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