Nationalisation not a lobbying tool, says Mantashe

2011-08-23 14:43

Mine nationalisation cannot be used as a tool for punting leaders ahead of the next year’s elective conference, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

“We must sustain nationalisation as a policy debate. You can’t use a policy debate as a lobbying tool,” he told journalists at a media briefing in Joburg.

Mantashe was speaking after a meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) – which focused largely on discipline.

The NEC met as the party’s national officials – the top-six leaders – brought disciplinary charges against ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and the league’s spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu.

The charges related to comments over criticism of the Botswana government and helping to strengthen opposition in that country.

Malema had in the past said the league would support leaders, when the ANC goes to its elective conference next year, who supported the league’s economic programme, including mine nationalisation and land reform without compensation.

Mantashe said the issues raised in the debate around nationalisation were pertinent, it was a “correct debate”.

“You can’t use it as some mischievous tool of lobbying,” he said.

The debate had to be “anchored” in the content.

The NEC “decried” the erosion of discipline in the ANC and directed party structures to “act decisively” against ill-discipline. –

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