Limpopo ANC backs nationalisation
Polokwane - The ANC in Limpopo on Tuesday reiterated its call for nationalisation of mines and the taking of land without compensation.
Members were convinced that ending private ownership of economic resources would help realise "economic emancipation", the party's provincial elective conference declared on its last day.
"We reiterate our call for nationalisation of mines and other key strategic sectors like Sasol and ArcelorMittal," newly-elected provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane said at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop Campus outside Polokwane.
Reading from the declaration which was later adopted by the conference, he said: "All productive land must be nationalised. Compensation must not be paid on the land itself, but on improvements. The price must be determined by the state through the state evaluator."
These were necessary steps towards "democratising" the economy, he said.
Delegates decided that "democratic" access to economic resources controlled by the state was one of the ingredients of "economic emancipation".
ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema had been spearheading the nationalisation debate, amidst criticism from the opposition and farming bodies who feared it would, among other things, deter foreign investment.
The government has maintained that nationalisation was not government policy.
Conference delegates committed themselves to the fight against corruption. Lekganyane said the party would be relentless in fighting opportunism within and outside the ANC-led alliance. This was "based on character assassination of fellow comrades and provincial leaders".
"We call on those with information on alleged corruption to refer to relevant institutions."
The Congress of SA Trade Unions held a march against corruption two days before the ANC's conference started. This was seen as an effort at influencing the election outcome, an accusation which Cosatu denied.
The union federation had reportedly wanted Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla elected provincial ANC chairperson. Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale was however voted into the post.
The conference said the national government's taking over the running of five Limpopo government departments should be used to improve "technical capacity", to restore delivery to the poor in Limpopo.
Delegates wanted the ANC's national policy conference to discuss the policy framework to guide the application of this intervention.
Discussion at the conference also centred around the autonomy of the ANC Youth League. Delegates said the league should be able to debate policy questions and leadership matters without fear or favour.
They also wanted a "political solution" to the suspensions of six ANCYL officials, including Malema, for ill discipline and bringing the party into disrepute. Such a solution would ease tensions between the ruling party and the league, they said.
ANC members in the province resolved to intensify "political education" to deal with ill discipline.