Youth against ‘second transition’

2012-06-07 11:52

The ANC’s idea that democracy is now entering a “second transition” is wrong, the ANC Youth League and SA Students Congress (Sasco) have said.

“We reject the mechanical binary that The Second Transition draws between political and economic transformation,” the organisations said in a joint statement today.

The ANC has produced a policy discussion document entitled “The Second Transition” which speaks of how the first 18 years of democracy were focused on a political transition.

The next phase should be focused on the socio-economic transition of the country, according to the document to be discussed at the ANC’s policy conference later this month.

The youth league and Sasco met yesterday where they discussed the socio-economic and political problems in South Africa, as well as the ANC discussion documents.

They disagreed with the conceptualisation of “The Second Transition”.

“This document misguidedly (sic) claims that the past 18 years should be viewed as a period for democratisation (political transition) and that next 30 or 50 years should be dedicated to a thorough-going socio-economic transformation in the country.”

Political and socio-economic transformation were not a two-stage process, they said.

“Our struggle has always been about the liberation of African people in particular, and blacks in general, from all forms of political and economic bondage.”

They called for the ANC to take a more radical approach and commit to meaningful implementation of the Freedom Charter.

“The ANC should further reaffirm white monopoly capital as a strategic enemy of the NDR [national democratic revolution] until we make significant inroads in achieving the NDR objectives.”

The organisations called for free education up to university undergraduate level and for compulsory national youth service of two years.

“Furthermore, we will call for the abolishment of Setas (Skills Education Training Authorities in SA), because they have been reduced into cash cows for private companies, and not so different from the youth wage subsidy, which we uncompromisingly reject.

“Not only are Setas another form of wage subsidy, they have also failed to address the skill deficit in our country.”

Sasco and the league again demanded the nationalisation of mines and other strategic sectors of the economy, as well as a change to section 25 of the Constitution.

Section 25 deals with property, and allows only for the expropriation of land with compensation – which the league disagrees with.

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