"Power Document" A work in progress - ANC

2009-12-08 09:49

The ANC on Monday said a weekend media report on a discussion

document which effectively sought to shift power from the ruling party to the

alliance was a work in progress.

Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the document, on which the City

Press article was based, was not a Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu)

document, but was sponsored by the alliance secretariat.

At an alliance summit last month, the alliance partners – the ANC,

Cosatu and the South African Communist Party – resolved to return the document

to the secretariat for proper processing through alliance structures. Once the

document was reworked, it would be distributed to alliance structures.

City Press reported that the “top secret lobbying document” put

forward by Cosatu leaders suggested that policies and deployment should be

determined by the alliance and not the ANC alone.

According to the article, the ANC had rejected the document titled

“Draft alliance programme of action for fundamental transformation of


According to the newspaper, the document stated that: “A

qualitative shift in our politics and practice will entail a functioning

alliance that determines strategy and deployment jointly.”

The document called for the creation of a structure to “manage the

day-to-day affairs of the alliance“, and which was likely to parallel the ANC’s

national working committee.

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