Gauteng ANC rejects ‘second transition’

2012-06-11 09:13

The ANC in Gauteng has rejected the “second transition” – an idea punted in ANC policy discussion documents and promoted by President Jacob Zuma and many of his supporters.

Gauteng rejected the idea at its provincial general council held over the weekend, even as Zuma yesterday told delegates at the education, health and allied workers’ union Nehawu’s conference they should debate it.

Zuma said the party should discuss the second transition, which describes a way for the ANC to address the inequalities of the past.

He said the structure of the “apartheid economy” remained, and he said the “first transition”, which describes the country’s political transition following 1994, wasn’t sufficient to address the socio-economic challenges the country faces today.

But ANC Gauteng spokesperson Nkenke Kekana last night told City Press the province has rejected the idea because it wasn’t clear enough.

“We need to make an in-depth study to establish where we come from and where we are going before you can talk about transition,” he said.

Kekana said it wasn’t clear when the first transition started, and whether it was over.

“The change must not be quantitative but qualitative. Only then can we can declare that this transition is over,” he said.

Deputy Correctional Services Minister Ngoako Ramathlodi recently came out in favour of the second transition, describing it as a way of giving the Constitution life in the streets.

This comes after the ANC had criticised courts for intervening with governance and hampering transformation.

The ANC in Gauteng has also rejected wholesale nationalisation, an idea punted by the ANC Youth League.

The province instead said nationalisation should be looked at sector by sector.

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