Cosatu’s 13 ways to fix the ANC

2012-06-22 15:15

The ANC has been good at identifying weaknesses but it has lacked “political will to implement” these decisions, especially when they were “against powerful interests in the organisation”, Cosatu has said.

In its response to the ANC’s policy discussion documents – to be debated at the party’s conference next week – the trade union federation said there are 13 ways in which the ANC can strengthen its organisational renewal paper:

» Public representatives must not be allowed to be businesspeople. They must place interests in a trust that cannot be active while they are in office. Conflict of interests with family in business should also be avoided.

Outsourcing by the state creates a climate in which tender fraud flourishes. Government should not put work out to tender that can be done by public servants internally.

There must be a five-year rather than one-year cooling-off period for public servants who resign and go into business. Still, the ANC government should enforce “even the weak one-year period”.

Implement the ANC election manifesto that says there should be no tampering with tenders.

Review the ministerial handbook. This process has been going on for a long time but “is yet to bear results”.

» The ANC’s discussion document is not as strong on corruption as Cosatu would like it to be. Introduce a new policy to save the image of the organisation whose leaders are accused of serious crimes and corruption.

Analyse the role of the state in a capitalist society and don’t try to “beat the workers into submission” with policy analysis.

Slate politics and divisions are a breeding ground for mediocrity and incompetence, corruption and factionalism, which in turn kills the image of the ANC and lead to many doubting its values.

» The paper needs to be clearer on the role the alliance must play in influencing ANC decisions. It is not true that the only way to influence the ANC is by being on the national executive committee.

» Define what the ANC means by “oppositionist” stance, because Cosatu is accused by some ANC leaders of being “oppositionist” when it disagrees with the ANC, while it is not.

» Analyse the SACP and the mass democratic movement as well, don’t just analyse the weaknesses of Cosatu.

» Analyse “what has happened to other liberation movements who became aloof and arrogant” and “nip some of these corrosive tendencies in the bud”.

» ANC has to recognise the class nature of society and recognise that corruption has its roots in the inherently corrupt capitalist system. 

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