ANC releases policy discussion documents
Johannesburg - The ANC released its policy discussion documents in Johannesburg on Monday, saying these would take the country into its "second transition".
"There are no holy cows when the ANC discusses and assesses its policies," said Jeff Radebe, speaking in his capacity as the chairperson of the national executive committee's policy sub-committee.
"We believe it is through vibrant debates, self criticism and constructive criticism, even from outside the ranks of the ANC, that we are able to come up with policies and a programme of action that will accelerate the improvement of the conditions of the lives of our people in order to create a better life for all."
Land reform was one of the main discussion points mentioned in the documents.
"The document also notes that land reform is a cardinal part of realising the objective of vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities," said Radebe.
"The recommendation in this document expresses the view that the current willing-buyer, willing-seller model tends to distort the land market through inflating the prices of land earmarked for restitution, and this has the dual effect of making land reform expensive and delays the process of increasing access of the poor to land."
It also proposed that the ANC government needed to develop a "blueprint policy to underpin and guide the task of reforming, rationalising and strengthening of provinces.
"The task must be carried out by government through appointment of a panel of experts."