ANC faces governance problem: Phosa

2012-06-27 15:29

Johannesburg - The ANC needs to deal with the problem of good governance and effective service delivery, treasurer general Mathews Phosa said on Wednesday.

"The ANC cannot go into denial on that matter, but it's a challenge," Phosa said on the sidelines of the party's national policy conference in Midrand.

"The big challenge for us [ANC] is service delivery."

Phosa said that once the ANC had passed the point of denial it could start to ask: "What should we do to ensure that we implement the good decisions which we have [made]?"

"I'm saying unless we build capacity at local government level to be able to process, manage, and run the finances properly, to administer properly, we'll still have no service delivery," he said.

Corruption also needed to be dealt with.

"Unless we remove the corruption in the system and by other officials, or whoever, we'll still be complaining about service delivery," he said.

The African National Congress's four-day national policy conference ends on Friday.

Most problematic sphere

A policy discussion document entitled "legislature and governance" deals with local government as "crucial in accelerating service delivery".

In the document, the ANC says it recognises that local government is the most problematic sphere of government.

Some of the proposals it makes are on the delivery of basic services, demarcation, political governance and a differentiated model for local government.

Phosa said there needed to be effective administration in the local, provincial and national spheres of government.

"It doesn't matter how beautiful your policies are, how much money we have. If the cutting edge of service delivery is not there... we'll continue to see more protests," he said.

"The president [Jacob Zuma] talks strongly about these issues, in saying let us embrace the challenge and do what we have to do for our people."

Festival of ideas

Phosa said that if a certain level of government was not able to implement a function, it should be taken away from them.

"There must be a concurrency... so it's not about where the power lies, it's about how do we use the power."

Asked about how he felt about the ANC's discussion document on the "second transition", Phosa said the matter was still being debated.

"It's in the cooking pot of the commissions. Let's wait and see what comes out of that cooking pot," he said.

ANC delegates spent the first half of Wednesday morning in commissions on strategy and tactics, which included the "second transition", and organisational renewal.

Phosa praised this year's conference.

"This is a blessed conference... We are learning as an organisation how to continuously improve how we organise events," he said.

"This is one of our best."

He said the commissions were running smoothly and that their discussions were a "festival of ideas".

"We are listening to people who were silent. Now they talking. They are listening to each other, they are arguing, they are persuading each other towards positions," said Phosa.

  • mikenortje - 2012-06-27 15:41

    Zuma and I quote “These tendencies included ill-discipline, patronage, careerism, corruption, abuse of power and a decline in the ideological depth of ANC members.” Note he said CORRUPTION Now read this:

      antin.herinck - 2012-06-27 18:18

      The ANC needs to deal with the problem of good governance and effective service delivery, treasurer general Mathews Phosa ....blah, blah, blah Sorry, reading further will be a waste of time. Just words, and more words. Blah.

  • Wayne - 2012-06-27 15:41

    Took 18 years to acknowledge this. Better late than never i guess.

      Bardy - 2012-06-27 15:48

      Problem is not the acknowledgement, but the action... What are they going to do about this? I can tell you! Absolutely nothing! The time has come for a change in government! DA all the way! The sooner the people realise this the better!

      Revelgen - 2012-06-27 16:47

      Phosa: 'ANC face governance problems.' No sh*t, Sherlock?

      Juan - 2012-06-27 17:22

      It takes the best the ANC has to offer +3000 delegates to come up with this crap anyone with half a functioning brain can see is obvious. *Sigh, eyes rollin** Slowly the penny is dropping

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-06-27 15:50

    remove corruption. bye bye ANC!

  • mikenortje - 2012-06-27 15:54

    Phosa said that if a certain level of government was not able to implement a function, it should be taken away from them. Start with Pretoria Mr Phosa

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-27 15:56

    Nooooooooooo. Do you think?

  • rnortier - 2012-06-27 15:59

    That's the most sense we have heard from the ANC!!! Pit your actions where mouth is and SA will be great.

  • Tiyani - 2012-06-27 16:06

    He also tell what should be done instead of the confusing theory we ussual get

  • Robert - 2012-06-27 16:11

    "We are learning as an organisation how to continuously improve how we organise events,- Phosa" .... Sure! - NOW LEARN HOW TO ORGANISE A COUNTRY!

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-27 16:17

    That was a very level-headed statement by Phosa. Wouldn't it be great if the entire conference took place in such a positive manner and decent resolutions arrived at? Glad that the president stated that the constitution will not be amended on the land redistribution issue, for starters. What are the odds that the ANC is learning from its mistakes? We all know what they say about the proof of the pudding, but importantly, the pudding for now is looking fairly good.

  • norman.depluhm - 2012-06-27 16:27

    Honesty comes out of the mouth who is not positioning himself for any political power-play. Those who have vested interests in their million rand paychecks and multimillion rand tender kickbacks will continue to bleat irrelevant crap. Those who have an honest desire to see this country prosper TOGETHER, will probably be rounded up and hounded out. A parallel example would be the demise of the scorpions and more recently the cato manor cops. Both those units were actually fighting crime and corruption, until the trail led to the politically connected. And now they are both dead in the water to be replaced with apologetic puppets. The same will happen within the ANC.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-06-27 16:29

    Well said cde TG, let sanity prevail in all those commissions. This revolution is a process not an event.......striking a balance between the aspirations of the black poor majority and the largely white capitalistic will definately be a tricky affair.

      Revelgen - 2012-06-27 16:49

      Thando, could we please drop this 'comrade' and 'revolution' crap? It went out of fashion when the Berlin Wall came down. Marxism has PROVEN to be an epic fail. Or don't you understand history?

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-27 17:23

      Well, if the truth be told, capitalism is not exactly a beacon of hope right now, is it?

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-06-27 17:56

      Rev as an ANC member i am a cadre of change in my community.......whether u say its outdated or not, the content is the same......we have 2 change the status quo to benefit the masses.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-27 18:36

      Perhaps Thando. But it would be comforting if all levels/branches/alliances of the ANC sang from the same hymn sheet. I am hoping that this conference allows that to happen. Right now the YL is threatening land grabs and the heirachy is not clearly and concisely shutting them up. They are speaking in riddles, which is causing uncertainty amongst non-blacks, business, investers, etc.

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-06-27 19:52

      Vernon unfortunately all these ramblings are due to leadership squabbles for the Mangaung Conference. The independence of the Youth League affords them the platform to have their own opinion on national issues but not to cross the line and incite the country. Hopefully the ANC will emerge stronger from this Policy Conference

  • tumelo.mabua - 2012-06-27 16:30

    Looking forward to the changes!

  • reyn.varkevisser - 2012-06-27 16:32

    talking and debating is an anc action. talk talk and more talk. Eat drink sleep and talk some more. Has SA become a 'kraal'? Must be SA induna parlement that is how its been in the past. Must keep the culture alive. Why not take another wife....its culture.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-27 16:37

    Good for Phosa....I wonder if they were even important this service delivery has become...and remains the anc's downfall. They need seriously to get structures in place were NGO'S must be given a schedule to deliver what ever is required, by a certain date....and if not achieved by said date...penalties, or they must be's what works in private business...when people know there is a heavy price to pay for non compliance...they will begin to tow the line...and maybe service deliveries will come right.

  • Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-27 16:47

    i think Phosa delivered a sensible address, but we have heard great speeches before, lets wait and see, but up until Zuma bows out, im holding on to my vote. i have no one else to vote KISS party still on the ballot?

      africanwolf - 2012-06-27 17:07

      LOL like it :)

  • Tommo - 2012-06-27 16:48

    ANC is the governance problem.

  • Juan - 2012-06-27 17:30

    How serious is the anc about tackling corruption and poor governance. The apple is rotten to the core.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-27 18:20

    The ANC can show how serious it is about tacking corruption: remove JZ and hand him over to the Hawks to clear the corruption allegations against him. The likes of John Blocks, Travelgate MPs must also step down from public offices. Until then, what Phosa said is like a meaningless lullaby which is just intended to put a child to sleep but serves no other real purpose

      Sharon - 2012-06-27 19:20

      the day that happens,the anc will gain respect from all of us and we will then have faith in the decisions they make and know we wont be stabbed in the back

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-06-27 19:44

      While we @ it, USA should be on trial for WMD that were not found in Iraq, The whole UN Security council should step down for its atrocities around the world........

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-06-27 19:57

    I lost hope in the ANC under ZUMA,this guy all he thinks abt is marrying somebody.

  • zenithdolphin - 2012-06-28 09:14

    I should be a politician, all you have to do is state the obvious and ride the ferris wheel for another term...simple!

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