‘Anc not losing delivery protests battle’

2010-03-25 12:56

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is not losing the battle

against service delivery protests, an official said today.


“We have come to learn that development brings problems, we are not

losing the battle,” ANC Gauteng provincial secretary David Makhura said at a

press conference in Johannesburg.


“The biggest challenge is not about (lack of) development, there is

development...if you notice the protests are only where development is taking

place.”


Makhura said regular visits were being made to “hot spots” in

Gauteng, where protests were rife.


“Just yesterday (Wednesday) we visited Finetown and Ennerdale,

where there are underlying issues. We are also picking up the issue of

incompetence of government officials.”


The briefing centred on the ANC Gauteng provincial conference to be

held in May.


It will see Gauteng premier and current deputy chairwoman Nomvula

Mokonyane go head-to-head with her predecessor in government and current

chairman Paul Mashatile for the top spot. Mashatile is also deputy arts and

culture minister.


The ANC also denied that Mokonyane was booed at the recent

gathering commemorating Sharpeville.


“There was no booing, I want to state that categorically. All

political parties were given space to speak at the event, that is the

context...Sometimes there are challenges with regards to the crowd.


“The premier hasn’t complained.”


The theme of the conference was “Unity, Service and Renewal: A

Clarion Call to Action towards the ANC Centenary”, he said.


“This brings into sharp focus the critical importance of unity and

cohesion, reasserting the core values of service and sacrifice and the urgent

need for renewal of the democratic movement in its entirety,” Makhura

said.


A provincial alliance summit will be held from tomorrow to Sunday,

and will discuss the ANC conference discussion documents.


“It will adopt a framework of protocol on how the alliance should

function in Gauteng.


“It will also focus on how to strengthen the alliance in the

province.”


Another important topic on the agenda – amongst education, health

and jobs – is the bus rapid transit system in Johannesburg, he said.


“This (mode of public transport) must succeed and nobody can stop

it.”

 

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