ANC three-day lekgotla starts

By Drum Digital
27 July 2012

A three-day lekgotla of the ANC's national executive committee got underway at St George's Hotel in Centurion on Friday.

Earlier this week, African National Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the NEC would examine a report on the Limpopo textbook saga during the lekgotla.

He said the NEC had been forced to look into the issues of education, which included the intervention in the Eastern Cape education department.

The ANC needed to look at the saga without "emotion or sentimentality", he said.

It would also look at the under-performance of municipalities.

Mantashe said the party was "lucky" to have the report by Auditor General Terence Nombembe on the finances of local government before it held its lekgotla.

The report revealed that only five percent of municipalities received clean audits, while none of the metros received clean audits.

Mantashe said the poor performances could not be blamed on the ANC's policy of cadre deployment, but instead on "wrong deployment".

He said the NEC would discuss more ways of dealing with youth unemployment during the lekgotla.

Mantashe reportedly said the R5 billion set aside for the youth wage subsidy should be "accessible" to fund "other interventions" to alleviate youth unemployment.

The proposed youth wage subsidy was formally rejected at the ANC's national policy conference last month.

The party would also discuss health, rural development and the fight against crime and corruption during the lekgotla.

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