What the NGC means for the ANC

2010-09-18 13:53

A time to reflect on what we have done
The ANC’s national general council (NGC) is a forum between national conferences where we review our progress and challenges since the last conference. The NGC will be among the largest political schools of the ANC. It is an opportunity to engage on critical issues facing our people and the movement. Topics covered at the NGC include:

Strategy, tactics and balance of forces
We assess the domestic and international balances of forces, and broad strategies and tactics required for the ANC and our strategic allies.

We are still in the midst of a global ­economic crisis where millions have lost their jobs and government revenues have ­declined ­significantly.

The ideas that call for a minimal state and subjection of everything to market forces are no longer attractive nor are they capable of offering solutions to the economic and social problems the world is facing. Domestically, our general election victory last year has ­confirmed the ANC as the principal representative of the majority of the population.

Economic transformation
This document reviews shortcomings as well as progress around the economy and ­identifies core strategies to ensure more ­equitable, inclusive and sustained growth for discussion.

At the heart of our strategies is the ­creation of a decent work agenda and ­sustainable livelihoods, which represents the primary focus of our economic policies. The analysis here underscores that the decent work agenda means that the ANC policies must go beyond the relief of poverty to ­address inequality and exclusion.

Legislature and governance
The NGC must assess and propose ­recommendations that will qualitatively ­improve the functioning of the ANC in ­governing the state. Other issues for discussion will include the building of the public sector cadre, the role of parastatals as well as the review of the electoral system, including a possible ­introduction of a single election system for all spheres of government.

Media diversity and ownership
This document emphasises the need to ­promote diverse media through the ­enactment of laws and interventions guided by principles of freedom and independence.

It is proposed that we investigate the desirability of setting up an independent statutory institution established through an open, public and transparent process, to be made accountable to Parliament. The investigation should further consider the mandate of the media appeals tribunal and its powers to ­adjudicate in matters or complaints ­expressed by citizens against print media.

Peace and stability
The challenges facing the criminal justice system include the unacceptable levels of crime and weak capacity at critical services of forensic, detective, investigation and prosecution.

The challenge is to beef up our courts, and step up prosecution and ­conviction in corruption cases. Some proposals include ­establishing regional courts in each province to deal with corruption cases.

Organisational renewal
The NGC will be a moment of intense ­self-reflection, self-correction and self-renewal in order to face the future with confidence.

We are asking ourselves difficult questions of whether the current state of affairs ­enhances the organisation’s future ­prospects or threatens its long-term success.

Discipline and organisational culture
Related to organisational renewal is the need to identify the dangers that erode our ­character and values, including the “sins of incumbency” such as bureaucratisation of the state and party.

Related to this is the ill discipline within our ranks, lobbying, leadership conduct and the role and influence of money in our ­movement.

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