ANC to debate the 'second transition'

2012-06-21 18:20

Johannesburg - The African National Congress will debate the idea of a "second transition" as the next step in South Africa's democracy at its policy conference next week.

A document key to the discussions, "The Second Transition: Building a national democratic society and the balance of forces in 2012", suggests that the ANC must now enter a second era of democracy.

According to the document, in the past 18 years the ANC has gone through a first transition into democracy, where it focused on political emancipation.

Now it needs to introduce a "second transition" that focuses on the social and economic transformation of South Africa in the next 30 to 50 years.

The second transition should achieve "rising per capita income, full employment, a Gini index target that demonstrates real and visible progress in reducing wealth and income inequalities, and visible progress in changing racial and patriarchal patterns of wealth and income".

The paper suggests that during the negotiations to establish democracy in 1994, the ANC had to make compromises in the Constitution to keep the peace.

"This meant an implicit bargain, involving the ANC committing to macro-economic stability and international openness, and white business agreeing to participate in capital reform to modify the racial structure of asset ownership and to invest in national priorities," according to the document.

'Smatterings of Marxist jargon'

"... Although we have liberalised and integrated into the global economy and we have macro-economic stability, the structure of the apartheid colonial economy has remained the same, and that in this form, it is incapable of fostering either higher or inclusive growth."

This had led to a strong sense of injustice as the poorest, particularly those in rural areas, have suffered.

This was why the ANC had to "pay single-minded and undivided attention towards overcoming poverty, unemployment and inequality. This is what our second transition must be about".

ANC president Jacob Zuma has promoted the idea of a "second transition", but it has been rejected by the ANC Youth League and the SA Students' Congress, as well as the ANC in Gauteng and Limpopo.

ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe reportedly questioned the idea.

"Second transition! Second transition! Second transition! From what, from where to, where? What constituted the first transition? What were the tasks of that phase, have all those tasks been accomplished or not?" Business Day quoted him as saying on June 14.

According to the report, Motlanthe told a dinner in honour of late intellectual Harold Wolpe that the policy document was packed with "smatterings of Marxist jargon".

The ANC will meet in Midrand for four days starting on Tuesday to discuss 13 policy documents ahead of its national conference in December.

The policy decisions made at the policy conference will then be discussed and finalised at the national conference in Mangaung, Free State, in December.

These policies will form the basis for the ANC government's policies, new laws or amended laws.

  • Irene - 2012-06-21 18:23

    Second transition - so funny. Let's hope the second transition is them acknowledging that the only thing they're really good at is stealing taxpayers money. Not an ounce of honour amongst this filth. Voetsek! Hamba!

      bernpm - 2012-06-21 18:47

      if the first transition is a failure, why going for the second transition and with the same "leaders"? Einstein said: "if you do the same thing twice, you cannot expect a different result"

      Sharon - 2012-06-21 18:52

      they bankrupted the first transition,lets see how much they can steal from the second transition

      Jennifer - 2012-06-21 19:06

      You said it Irene The Clowns, by second transition do they mean to stop the rapes, murders, thievery, poor service, lack of safety, lack of water, lack of jobs, lack of school books?! (much of these caused during the first transition by their greed because there was enough money to deal with these things and they didn't) It's too late, they spent all the money, the only people left to tax are them, the ANC leaders and like Sauron, they do not share. Nice try ANC but people are fed up with your pitiful promises that you don't intend to keep, you've had your 20, go away.

      tobydt - 2012-06-21 19:40

      Kagiso - Hehe, unless you bring work and education to the table, you will always work for the white man.

      Irene - 2012-06-21 19:43

      @Jackie ~ Wena! ikigaru we ntabano?

      mastersvoice - 2012-06-21 19:49

      Kagiso - I realise I'm wasting my breath responding to you, but your blabbering about "our land" and "our minerals" is absolutely laughable! And what does "empower" even mean? And I suppose you'd prefer black people to work for black, racist, hateful bastards then? Stop being such a stupid idiot, and start looking around you! Notice that the ANC have done nothing for you nor you liberation! Notice, too, that your rhetoric is part of the problem, and not the way forward. You're either a South African, and therefore part of our future, or you're a traitor, who wants to fight his own kind. If the latter, I suggest you leave and go to some banana African country like Zimbabwe, where you can live out your racist, militant dreams. Get with it, or get out!

      eugenedigter.terreblanche - 2012-06-25 18:32

      It's their program stupid! The whole talk of peace, democracy and reconciliation was just a pleasing exercise to full Whites bringing their defences down. And damn did they fall for this.... The price for this foolishness will be high, higher then anything liberals could ever imagine in case the "No" vote would have won.

  • Ntambolicous - 2012-06-21 18:31

    second transition my foot, we need man and woman who will serve this country with intergrity, the only people delaying freedom in our lifetime are the greedy politicians stilling billions of rands year and year out and i am not overlooking other issues on the table but we won't be addressing none of them with these thieves at helm

  • gerda.vanrensburg - 2012-06-21 18:32

    Is it my imagination or are major changes being done with haste - all before the december anc election?

  • Horst - 2012-06-21 18:34

    Reading things like this I get very worried, what does all that mean in practical terms. I can only think of them putting on the screws and demanding more BEE and BEEEE, more employment equity (and un-employment equity), more transfer of farmland, more socialism, less free maket etc.

      emile.marais - 2012-06-22 11:43

      Apparently, a Communist dictatorship is considered 'democratic' as apparently Communism represent the will of the people to be dictated to by a vanguard party on how to live their life. Communist hate liberty and free choice (democracy). Only concept they believe in is the equation of the 1% elite (vanguard of the Communist dictatorship, such as so-called liberation movements) and the 99% (everyone else, the peasants if you will). Communism, and the people who follow that failed ideology are just evil people.

  • Clive - 2012-06-21 18:50

    Hope it goes better than the first - whatever that entailed. Perhaps if they saw themselves as a governing party instead of still fighting some vanquished foe, it would help.

  • Henk - 2012-06-21 19:00

    We fought against communism once before. We will again!

  • darren.peach - 2012-06-21 19:21

    Me thinks the minority in SA are in store for some fun !

      eugenedigter.terreblanche - 2012-06-25 18:35

      Me thinks a large majority is going to be in the peril.

  • tobydt - 2012-06-21 19:39

    The elections must be close if the ANC is using buzzwords like "Second transition". What it translates to is, how to redude the income of everyone else, to reduce poverty, while the top dawgs of the ANC remain filthy stinking rich.

  • tobydt - 2012-06-21 19:41

    The second transition SHOULD mean, dragging corrupt and incompetent politicians through the streets in their underwear, making them pay back their ill gotten gains. Alas, the best solution is never the one the ANC chooses.

  • logical007 - 2012-06-21 19:42

    have south african people got any money left for this lot to steal?

  • mpho.mashego.35 - 2012-06-21 19:51

    Its now or never ! May'buye iAfrica

  • Michael Savage - 2012-06-21 20:13

    Seriously? 18 years to achieve political emancipation? I thought that this was automatically achieved when everyone voted in 1994. So what has BEE been about then if not economic emancipation? The second transition is simply an attempt to gloss over their current failures at economic prosperity by trying to assume that they are only now embarking on this task. Pull the other one (aka the second leg transition) ;-p

      eugenedigter.terreblanche - 2012-06-25 19:01

      A perpetual scam. Did you expect anything else?

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-21 20:42

    There is one slight problem with this plan, the anc won't rule for another 30 years. Maybe 20 years if they are lucky.

  • jwarha.balakisa - 2012-06-21 20:42

    The is no unity before equality. Without economic freedom we will never be equal to whites or boers.

      Phepishi - 2012-06-21 21:17

      J.B what do you mean by that?

      tobydt - 2012-06-21 22:36

      Yeah, and unfortunately for us, there will never be equality. Too many people in South Africa, and not enough education. Meanwhile, you are taught to hate the white man because of your own failures.

      Irene - 2012-06-21 23:34

      Doesn't matter how much money you have, class is something you cannot buy.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-06-21 21:11

    And the gullable will follow. As they always have, until this country is in ruins and they turn on eachother for basic needs like water and food. God I wish they will bring back the common wealth!

  • ernest.nzukiso - 2012-06-22 01:28

    second transition or the first one if ther was

  • leon.groenewald.9 - 2012-06-22 07:04

    HKGK in SA!

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  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-22 07:13

    First transition : Get people to vote. (for ANC). Second transition : Remove all alternatives.

  • markblack10 - 2012-06-22 11:13

    They quite positive if they see themselves in power for 30 years. They should be doing this on a small scale every day in parliament.

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-06-22 11:38

    Keep voting ANC,keep struggling!!

  • emile.marais - 2012-06-22 11:38

    'Smatterings of Marxist jargon' enough said about these people who pass off as 'leaders'.

  • Freddie Smit - 2012-06-22 12:00

    Second transition = Zimbabwe

  • mzondistanley - 2012-06-22 14:39

    Political Parties are dynamic they have personalities which come and go but the Party rejuvunates itself by revisiting Vision and New challenges wheather they are solutions offered by the Policy Guide line Frame Work!!! And if not, Hence the need the Cocus and Brainstorm on Issue of Policy and marry then to current Societal needs and aspirations!! It is nothing to do with these Hate Speeches from these Youths that have fallen out favour with current Rulers!!! It's normal , ANCYL does not have a vision to propel themselves forward other than Finger pointing and apportioning Blame to others. They are right at the Centre of Governance instead they are looking outside Party Structure for solutions to the current Un employment wooes!!!!

  • mzondistanley - 2012-06-22 18:04

    People come and go!!! The Party will remain. The Challenge of most Ruling Parties is that of being seen at the fore front and coming up with ideas and Policies to keep the fire Burning which in turn keep people of the nation warn and well fed in time of need!! You can't lead from behind while the masses are infront!!!!

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-06-22 18:25

    Blame everyone else you incompetent fools. Don’t keep blaming the whites cause they getting a little tired. Don’t forget what only a number of really pissed off people can do to a country!!!

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