Pretoria - The ANC has in the last 20
years laid a foundation for the country's future successes, party NEC member
Thoko Didiza said on Monday.
"When we look back we can say yes,
we have not completed the agenda of transformation, but have laid the
foundation," she said during an elections debate by leaders of various
political parties at Unisa.
South Africa's negotiation process
before 1994 enabled everyone to engage with each other.
"History is very important when we
reflect on this journey of 20 years... 1994 saw South Africans agreeing on a
broad agenda to take the country forward."
The DA, UDM, ACDP, and Cope agreed with
Didiza that the country is a better place compared to pre-1994, but that more
needed to be done.
"While others enjoy the fruits of
democracy and freedom, the majority is still suffering," said DA Gauteng premier
candidate Mmusi Maimane.
Black people are landless and
unemployment was growing.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said South
Africa was becoming more of a welfare state than a developmental one.
"There is a heavy reliance on
social grants... most South Africans do not have a good story to tell."
Joan Downs, of the ACDP, said lack of
access to education takes the country backwards.
"We acknowledge that the health
system has improved, but access to education is still limited to a minority
[of] white people."