Best of opinions: #ANCPolicy17 a disappointment

2017-07-06 15:56
President Jacob Zuma greets secretary general Gwede Mantashe while deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa chats to Winnie Mandela. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

President Jacob Zuma greets secretary general Gwede Mantashe while deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa chats to Winnie Mandela. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Missed the ANC policy conference? Here's a recap

2017-07-06 12:01

POLOTIKI, News24's weekly politics podcast, brought you a special edition series from the ANC's National Policy Conference in Johannesburg. Here is every episode, in case you missed it. WATCH

The truth is that white monopoly capital is a chapter within monopoly capital; a specific and localised version of a bigger global phenomenon. It is interesting that both camps within the ANC agree about the negative impact of monopoly capital on transformation.

The big disagreement however emerged when it came to identifying the ‘strategic enemy’ of transformation. For the ANC Youth League and President Zuma’s allies, white monopoly capital is the strategic enemy, as Zuma stated in his closing address yesterday.

The other camp within the ANC, the Cyril Ramaphosa camp, have always been convinced that the problem is monopoly capital.

The problem is that while the two camps are bickering regarding what is the strategic enemy of the ANC’s fading transformation agenda, no one is trying to find a strategic solution to the problems the country is confronted with, writes Ralph Mathekga.

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If it's fake, it's not news

Bra Joe Thloloe, director of the SA Press Council and legendary editor, recently made the following remark that stuck with me at a panel discussion about so-called fake news.

“If it’s fake, it’s not news,” Thloloe said and pleaded with the public and the media to stop using the phrase “fake news”.

The war on fabricated news cannot be won by the media alone. We are dependent on you, our readers, to help us get it right and not be lured by clickbait and propaganda. It will be a sad day if the debate about economic redress or the lack thereof is hijacked by agents of disinformation in a campaign to protect business and political elites from prosecution, writes Adriaan Basson.

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We need to thank Bathabile Dlamini

Over recent years, it has become increasingly clear that both the youth league and the women’s league are redundant and obsolete institutions that exist not to represent their respective constituencies but to fight President Jacob Zuma’s battles for him. The leaders of these structures have picked their side and guess what South Africa? It’s not us.

We have reached a point where we realise that just like the youth, women need to be their own liberators and no political organisation will do this for them. We need to thank Bathabile Dlamini for making this clearer. Since becoming president of the league she has used most of her political capital defending Zuma and she has been greatly rewarded for this as she remains a Cabinet minister despite jumping from one disaster to another.

To be fair to Dlamini, men do this too. Unlike women however, men are not expected to champion the rights of their gender. Men have been allowed to shamelessly look out for number one without being regarded as sellouts or gender traitors. Has the time not come to have a more realistic view of women leaders too, asks Mondli Zondo.

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