What the NGC means for ANCYL

2010-09-18 13:58

Political school will review progress

The ANC’s national general council (NGC) is the biggest political school of the entire movement and a midterm council that is tasked with assessing the progress and ­weaknesses made since the 52nd national conference of the ANC in Polokwane.

The outcomes of the NGC will be ­recommendations and policy directives to be officially tabled for adoption by the ANC at its 53rd national conference in ­Mangaung, Free State, in 2012, the ANC’s centenary year.

The gathering should be used for discussion of policy positions, and exchange of useful political and ideological issues that define the kind of society we are living in and want to live in.

The ANC Youth League’s NGC has given all ­members and activists clear and concrete guidelines and mandates on issues that should be raised in the ANC’s NGC.

Among the many issues the league will strongly raise for adoption are:

» The role of the state in ownership and control of the country’s strategic sectors of the economy – in particular, mining in line with the ANC’s strategic mission, the Freedom Charter.

» The call for the ANC to adopt a clear and unambiguous resolution on the ­nationalisation of mines and minerals ­strategy on how the majority of South ­Africans should benefit from mineral ­resources.
ANC provinces that have gone to their provincial general councils are in support of nationalising mines so it will not be ­difficult for the ANC to resolve on it ­because branches of the ANC agree.

» The call for the ANC to once again ­re-emphasise the centrality of the Freedom Charter as the clearest expression of ­National Democratic Revolution objectives.

None of the resolutions taken by the ANC NGC should suggest any divergence from the essence of the Freedom Charter ­objectives. This extends to the resolutions that the NGC should take on banks, ­monopoly industries, land, housing, education, work and security, peace and friendship, and all that the Freedom Charter says we should realise.

The ANC Youth League is emphasising the centrality of the Freedom Charter because it remains the beacon of hope and the ­strategic mission of the ANC.

In Polokwane, we said that “our vision of economic transformation takes as its starting point the Freedom Charter’s clarion call that the people shall share in the ­country’s wealth”.

The economic transformation ­perspectives expressed and reviewed at the NGC should therefore be in line with the Polokwane directive.

The NGC should express itself on section 25 of the Constitution regarding property.

The ANC should begin to ask itself whether, 16 years into democracy, the property clause has assisted the state to ­decisively redistribute not only land but the wealth of South Africa from the minority to the ­majority.

The league’s view is that the clause should be amended and proper ­legislation should be passed in Parliament to regulate how the state should expropriate private property in the interest of the people.

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