‘We need a second transition’ – Zuma

2012-06-08 07:16

ANC president Jacob Zuma opened the Northern Cape provincial congress by encouraging delegates to discuss in detail the party’s policy discussion documents, with an emphasis put on the “second transition” document.

Zuma also spoke against slates, preferred leadership lists drawn along factional lines.

The second transition, a controversial ANC policy proposal document that seeks to speed up both economic and social transformation, has sparked debate in and outside the party.

Addressing more than 800 delegates Zuma said the structure of apartheid economy has “remained intact and blocked growth”.

“We need a second transition because the first transition was relevant to the political transition, but is not adequate for a social as well as economic transformation phase,” he said.

“Despite the liberalisation of our economy it is clear that the structure of apartheid economy has remained intact and does not allow for higher or inclusive growth.”

Zuma said the ANC’s national elective conference in Mangaung in December should “take our country forward to true economic and social transformation”.

Mangaung must take South Africa to a “future of prosperity” he said.

The ANC is scheduled to hold a national policy conference in three week’s time and its resolutions will be taken to the Mangaung congress for ratification.

Zuma also took time to caution delegates against turning conferences into mere leadership election forums, an exercise which is almost always a factional one.

“People before they go to conference they’ve discussed leadership,” he said. “Conference must look at the merits and experience, not that I toyi-toyi more than you.”

He added that leaders should be elected because they can lead, not because they are friends.

The ANC Northern Cape congress is set to elect its top five leaders today, with chairperson John Block and the officials he has been serving with expected to retain their positions.

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