The meaning of the second transition

2012-06-18 07:27

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has hit back at those questioning the “second transition”, saying the term wasn’t as important as the idea behind it.

“Don’t call it second transition, call it a hot dog, call it a rabbit, call it a pig, but begin to engage with the document,” he said.

Mantashe was referring to the ANC’s policy discussion document on organisational renewal, to be debated at the party’s policy conference next week, when he addressed a crowd of about 500 young and older people at a Young Communist League (YCL) Youth Day commemoration rally in Modimolle, Limpopo, yesterday.

Mantashe, who is also chairperson of the SACP, hit out indirectly against Deputy President Kgalema Moltanthe, who last week questioned the “second transition”, asking “from what” and “from where to where”.

Mantashe said the ANC had “picked up” that some people have asked questions about the second transition.

He explained that the second transition referred to economic empowerment for the majority, just as the first transition, following 1994, meant political empowerment.

President Jacob Zuma’s supporters have been pushing the term while those who want to see him replaced at the party’s elective conference at the end of the year in Mangaung, have argued against it.

The ANC in Limpopo and Gauteng are among the provinces questioning the concept.

YCL general secretary Buti Manamela also laid into Motlanthe for saying the ANC didn’t need the SACP.

“The members of the structures understand the significance of the alliance and they will not sacrifice the alliance,” he said.

Manamela also said some people already started “plotting” during the ANC’s last elective conference in Polokwane in 2007 about the leaders they wanted to elect in Mangaung.

This, he said, had caused Mantashe so much stress that he lost weight from the “100 kg” he was before.

Manamela also criticised expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema for attending meetings organised by the Friends of the Youth League.

Malema on Friday addressed a crowd in a packed hall in Thohoyandou, saying it was a mistake to elect Zuma.

“We are extremely disappointed that the ANC Youth League is trying to define itself outside of the Progressive Youth Alliance,” Manamela said, adding the fact that the league didn’t accept the YCL’s invite to attend yesterday’s meeting was not only a snub to the YCL, but to the league members who attended.

“Friends of the Youth League must be treated like Cope, the UDM and the PAC because it is a new political party which is led by people who are no longer in the ANC.

It is a political party led by people who are angry and led by people outside the ANC.

We are saying goodbye to you, asijiki (Malema’s campaign slogan). People will never be fooled,” he said.

Newly-appointed Higher Education Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana, an outspoken Malema critic, was the only league leader in attendance.

He is a member of the youth league’s national executive committee.

Also at the event were Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, and student leaders, who said Manana’s appointment was a bad one because he was inexperienced.

Mantashe, however, defended Manana, saying the only way he could get experience was on the job.

Very few members of the crowd that came to the Ephraim Mogale stadium cheered the speakers or sang the political songs, but they stormed to get closer to the stage once the musical acts, which included Big Nuz and Vetkoek, started their music after the meeting.

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