Nationalisation not govt policy: Zuma

2010-02-17 11:13

NATIONALISATION is not government policy, President Jacob Zuma said

yesterday.

Responding to points raised during debate on his state of the

nation address, Zuma said: “We reiterate that nationalisation is not government

policy.

“We have noted that political formations, including the ruling

party’s youth league, have decided to debate the matter.

“This is a democratic society and as government, we cannot stop

political formations from deciding to open a debate on this topic or any

other.”

Reacting to Zuma’s words the ANC Youth League said it was “acutely

aware” that currently, nationalisation and especially of mines, was not

government policy.

It was the league’s intention to influence an ANC resolution to

guide the government on how nationalisation should happen, spokesman, Floyd

Shivambu said in a statement.

The league was encouraged by Zuma’s call on South Africans to take

part in the debate on the topic. It was convinced that nationalisation of mines

would happen “not in the distant future”.

Meanwhile, Zuma, veering from his prepared speech, said it had been

past governments, not his, that had banned “certain political

discussions”.

“What members should do in an open democratic society, if the

president of the youth league Julius Malema raises the issue of nationalisation,

they must raise their counter-argument to him if they want to debate it.

“Instead of saying to government ‘stop him, make him keep quiet’.

This [is] democracy, he has views, the ANC Youth League has views. ANC Youth

League has always had views.

“Debate the views of Malema, and don’t confuse a debate raised to

policy of government. Don’t . . . when you’re staying in South Africa . . . say

is this your policy, when you know, when we have articulated it many

times.

“We have processes in the ANC of how we formulate policy. It’s a

long process leading up to a national policy conference. That’s the process we

go through as a democratic organisation, and there is no other organisation that

does so, except the ANC.

“So on matters of policy . . . the ANC is very clear, and those who

are in the ANC recently know the process I am talking about. They have been

party to it,” Zuma said.

 

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