ANC supports BFM’s leadership, says Mbalula

2010-10-07 12:09

The ANC supports the leadership of the Black Management Forum (BMF), the Deputy Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula said today.

“There have been many critics who have tried to delegitimise them and these critics have bonded together like a pack of wolves to plunder a just cause,” Mbalula told the BMF’s summit in Johannesburg.

He was referring to the recent call by former presidents of the BMF – Lot Ndlovu and Nolitha Fakude – for current president Jimmy Manyi to quit.

Mbalula said the BMF should continue to raise “uncomfortable” debates without fear or contradiction.

“As Albert Einstein would say: ’learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow, but the important thing is not to stop questioning’.”

Mbalula said the relationship between the BMF and the ANC was “historical”.

Black economic empowerment (BEE) was the one corrective measure that sought to right the wrongs of the deliberate marginalisation of the majority of South Africans.

“However, its current construction must be overhauled,” the deputy minister said.

The tenth Employment Equity Commission report published in July this year had made for uncomfortable reading.

“White males still dominate the top echelons of South Africa’s workplace, yet they are in the minority and the picture of training is no different.”

This had the potential to erode achievements made to date, Mbalula said.

The issue of economic growth in South Africa could not be raised without considering inclusive growth.

“We cannot talk about inclusive growth unless we talk about balanced growth. We cannot talk about balanced growth unless we talk about integrated development.”

Social capital was vital which meant the provision of schools and clinics - “and this is what we call sustainable development”.

Mbalula said organised black professionals had to support the government’s growth path – an economic growth path that “sought to foster industrialisation platforms through desegregation of sectors” with the potential to create new jobs.

This is a measure for a fundamental shift to ameliorate episodes of grinding poverty, inequality and unemployment.”

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