#ANCpolicy: State of play in the provinces – North West

2012-06-26 08:11

The fight to retain or replace Jacob Zuma and his top six officials in Mangaung has compromised policy positions of the North West province.

Provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge is pushing for his faction’s anti-Zuma stance while chairperson Supra Mahumapelo also wants to secure his faction’s interests of securing Zuma a second term.

As a result the province goes to the policy conference with a split position.

The ABZ (Anything But Zuma) faction of the North West rejected the proposed second transition at a disputed provincial general council (PGC) held a week ago.

The PGC’s resolutions said it was not true that the country was entering the second transition because a first transition was never declared.

“This labelling of our current conjuncture of our history as a second transition further creates an impression that the first transition as of the advent of democracy in 1994 to date has resolved issues of inequality, racism, sexism, degradation, poverty, unemployment and landlessness,” read resolutions of the gathering.

 The anti-Zuma faction also supports appropriation of land without compensation.

On the proposed nationalisation of mines the Mataboge faction adopted the radical ANC Youth League position while the opposing group simply wants the state to have a bigger slice in mining ownership, preferably no less than 30% ownership.

With 117 delegates at this week’s conference it would depend on which faction has the majority of delegates to push through their preferred stance.

» Follow our policy conference coverage: www.citypress.co.za/ANC-policy

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