ANC NCG: what is on the cards in Durban

2010-09-17 00:00

MAJOR policy decisions will not emerge from the ANC’s national General Council (NGC) next week. Analysts believe that what will come out are minor changes in tax policy and mining regulations. These they believe will be done to accommodate Alliance partners. Cosatu has called for tighter tax controls and the ANC Youth League has been campaigning for mine nationalisation. According to analysts these concessions are aimed at taking pressure off President Jacob Zuma, whose leadership has been questioned in the build up to the Council.

The NGC is flagged as a major event because the ruling party undertakes a process of taking stock. It does a mid-term policy review and sets the direction up until its next big event — the National Conference in 2012.

From statements made by members of the ANC, the proposal for a media tribunal is also expected to be supported. No actual decisions are taken at the NGC, what happens is that policies are determined to take forward to the national conference. However if there is any tweaking to be done on any issues these can be referred to a policy conference that can be called at any time.

The party also does some soul-searching and key discussion documents have been circulated in preparation for this. They are:

* Strategy and tactics and the balance of forces — this document reviews how the party has functioned and how current events nationally and globally impact on its operation.

* Organisational and leadership renewal — looks at problems such as leadership tussles, factionalism and concerns about moral decay within the party.

*Economic transformation — the main concern in this document is the focus on policies that will create employment.

*Legislature and governance — proposals includes reducing the number of provinces and holding a single election.

*Peace and stability — discusses transforming the criminal justicd system.

*Media transformation, ownership and diversity — proposes the introduction of a media tribunal.

Just over 2 000 delegates from various ANC structures will be attending, as well as 800 invited guests from the ANC’s alliance partners and observers and over 300 journalists and technical staff. The theme of the five-day event is: “Towards 100 years of selfless struggle, working together to build a democratic society.”

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