‘Renationalise Sasol’ and other key SACP resolutions

2012-07-16 07:47

The SAPC’s four-day conference, held at the University of Zululand in KwaDlangezwa near Richards Bay, ended yesterday.

Here is a selection of its resolutions:

1. Nationalisation: Supports ANC-commissioned report on nationalisation, the core of which is a windfall tax. Sasol must be renationalised.

2. Outsourcing: The state should be outsourcing less and get municipalities and government to do their own work. The state needs to be a “doing” state.

3. Social grants: The SACP is against welfarism that fails to connect with productivity.

4. Defence force: Should be deployed actively in rural areas and to protect fisheries to play a role in developmental state.

5. Media: Supports the SABC but should be part of our developmental democracy. There was a concern about a lack of funding.

6. Socialism: Need to convince the majority of South Africans that socialism is in their best interest.

7. Capacity in government: Need to focus internally on the building of capacity by cadres, including a political school.

8. Key priorities: Need to focus on key government priorities, including education, health, unemployment and rural development.

9. Going it alone in elections: There was a sharp debate on this but congress resolved it was a tactical matter “to be determined by a variety of concrete conjunctural realities” (in other words: the SACP will decide as and when the need arises, but not yet).

10. Gender: The SACP is concerned that the party does not have enough women leaders (the newly elected central committee is a quarter women) but doesn’t want to believe in “window-dressing or the chemical application of formulas”.

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