#ANCpolicy: State of play in the provinces – Mpumalanga

2012-06-26 08:26

Mpumalanga is firmly behind President Jacob Zuma’s re-election as ANC president and this is evident in the province’s policy positions.

Policies that are being pushed by opponents of Zuma’s second term, such as the nationalisation of mines and expropriation of land without compensation, have been rejected.

Mpumalanga provincial secretary Lucky Ndinisa said his province would not support nationalisation because the province is not convinced that taking over mines will benefit the country.

“We are not even going there. However, government must have a role in the economic development of the country. We don’t want the markets to dictate what should be done and what should not,” Ndinisa said.

On land restitution, he said: “We are not adventurous about expropriating without compensation. We agree the pace (of land restitution) has been slow; government should give that process the attention it deserves.”

Ndinisa said the province would support the proposed second transition, a policy position supported by the majority of provinces backing Zuma.

“In the last eighteen years we concentrated on political transformation. This document puts more emphasis on economic transformation of the country. The wealth is still in the hands of the few. Let the majority of citizens benefit from this wealth. We affirm the second transition and it’s among the positions we’ll be pushing hard.”

Because Mpumalanga is one of the only two provinces that do not have an university, its 226 delegates will try to convince the policy conference to put pressure on government to deliver on its promise of building a university. “We’d love a situation where this government does something about the university,” said Ndinisa. “We don’t want to wait for 2014.”

» Follow our policy conference coverage: www.citypress.co.za/ANC-policy

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