Cosatu to push for planning commission overhaul

2009-09-24 11:53

COSATU will push for a complete overhaul of the content and

alignment of the national planning commission (NPC), its 10th national congress

has resolved.

The issue of Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel’s green paper

remains on the agenda at the union federation’s policy-making gathering in

Midrand, north of Johannesburg. The congress was peppered with robust and, at

times, heated debate on Thursday.

The congress resolved to “vigorously engage the tripartite alliance

on the green paper”.

It would call for the “complete overhaul” of its content and for

its alignment with the perspective on the NPC that was developed at the ANC’s

52nd national conference in Polokwane in 2007 and the Alliance Economic Summit

in October last year.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the green paper

represented “a massive turf battle in cabinet”.

He said this had sidelined certain ministers and, referring to

Manuel, had positioned others at the centre of processes.

Cosatu felt the green paper usurped the powers of former trade

unionist, now Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

The NPC was the result of engagement between the ANC, Cosatu, the

SA Communist Party (SACP) and the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco), Cosatu

said.

However, it complained that these bodies were not consulted on the

green paper before it was released for public scrutiny.

The green paper, published by Manuel on September 6, proposed the

creation of an NPC consisting of members of the South African public.

It also proposed that the minister for planning “be the link

between the government and the commission”.

Cosatu would participate in the consultative forums on the green

paper, including the National Economic Development and Labour Council and public

hearings in Parliament.

Amid criticism of Manuel, some delegates cautioned against

personalising reservations about the NPC.

SA Democratic Teachers’ Union president Thobile Ntola urged against

attacking an individual.

“We want to de-personalise the resolution,” he said.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe warned against focusing

criticism on Manuel. “To resolve on an individual is always a dangerous act for

an organisation,” he said.

Cosatu was firmly against public representatives with business

interests.

“We continue to insist that public representatives must choose

between being public representatives and live within their salaries, or must

choose business. You can’t be both,” Vavi said.

“A public representative cannot be a business person at the same

time,” he said.

In the ensuing debate, the Cosatu-affiliated SA Municipal Workers’

Union (Samwu) called for corruption to be “declared a crime against

humanity”.

Citing as an example North West, where many public servants have

recently been suspended, Samwu said corruption perpetuated poverty, irrespective

if whether it took place in the public or private sector.

It was therefore necessary to deal harshly with those found guilty

of corruption.

The third day of the conference began with a presentation by Sanco

deputy president Lemias Mashile.

“It is disturbing to find the phrase ‘tripartite alliance’... its

meaning is often the SACP and the ANC,” said Mashile.

“We as Sanco do not accept a junior partner status,” he said.

“We have been too tolerant of the government not engaging or

engaging very little.”


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.