Nationalisation not up for independent research – ANCYL

2010-11-17 12:37

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) does not want academic research on the nationalisation of mines, nor does it want the research to be independent of the ANC.

This is according to spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, who, when asked to clarify a statement reacting to the ruling party’s announcement that two independent researchers would be appointed, said the youth league was not interested in “so-called independent views”.

“We are not that naive. How can they be independent if they are researching an ANC political programme?

“No, that one, it can’t be independent of the ANC. It does not make sense,” he said.

Shivambu said all that the ANCYL wanted the researchers to find out was “detail of what is the best way to handle this [nationalisation]”.

He said the researchers needed to keep “political realities” in mind.

“A depoliticised research outcome that ignores the politics of the national democratic revolutionary agenda will not find resonance in the ANC,” he said.

“We raise this point because neo-liberal politics and economics were previously smuggled into the ANC through what is called independent research and expertise.”

He was responding to an announcement by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Monday that two researchers would be appointed to look into state involvement in mines.

This was decided by the national executive committee (NEC) as a direct result of discussions held at the ANC’s National General Council meeting in September.

Mantashe said: “The NEC has resolved to appoint two senior researchers and a project manager to investigate successful models that could be considered on the role of the state in mining.

“We are engaging the research institutions to provide researchers for the project. We are going to try to get researchers who are independent of the ANC,” he said, according to SABC radio news.

But the youth league, which has been at the forefront of pushing for the nationalisation of mines, said in the statement it would support the research on certain conditions.

“Nationalisation of mines by the ANC-led government is neither a technocratic nor academic exercise, but a political and economic transformation programme expressed in the Freedom Charter,” Shivambu said.

“We hold a strong view that the researchers who will be appointed should not reinvent the wheel and ignore the essence of what the National General Council commission on Economic Transformation established greater consensus on.”

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