Second transition document will succeed – Yengeni

2012-06-28 14:48

ANC political education head Tony Yengeni has welcomed the “robust” debate over the ANC concept of a “second transition”, adding that the document would be a success.

The “second transition” might see the party adopting more radical policies to transform the ownership of the economy.

Yengeni is one of the people who drafted the latest version of the party’s Strategy and Tactics document, which explains the need for a second transition. Some associate the concept with President Jacob Zuma’s attempts to secure a second term in Mangaung.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ANC policy conference, Yengeni said the debate over the issue had been “robust and vigorous” in commissions.

“That’s what we want. This is the essence of an ANC conference. Delegates must speak up and speak out. And I’m happy,” he said.

He denied that the document was “factional”.

“It’s not a document that belongs to any grouping, neither is it a document that belongs to any individual. It’s an ANC document.

“Any attempts to want to factionalise any discussion document is highly mischievous and is completely unacceptable,” he said.

Yengeni said his sense of the discussions was that the delegates wanted the party to “deepen and rev up the gear” of economic transformation.

He said he did not mind the name of the document as long as its essence was kept, saying he hoped that in time the party will find a proper theme for the document.

He said the document would be a success.

City Press has learnt that a number of delegates questioned the appropriateness of the concept, and wanted the party to stick to its original policy on social and economic transformation.

The concept of a “second transformation” also found support from Zanu-PF politbureau member and former Zimbabwean information minister Jonathan Moyo who said both countries were grappling with land reform and economic transformation.

Moyo told City Press his sense of the ANC discussions was that the party was still grappling with the liberation of the people as Zimbabwe had done.

He said both parties were grappling with changing the economies of their countries and institutions such as the media and the judiciary.

“We have had to take a particular approach with land reform and indigenisation of the entire economy, but particularly targeting the mining sector.

“When we listen to the debate here it is speaking to the same issues but not in the Zimbabwean way,” Moyo said.

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