ANC to release draft policy papers

2012-02-28 07:51

Pretoria - The ANC would release its draft policy papers for public scrutiny next week, the party's head of policy Jeff Radebe said on Monday.

He was speaking as the party's national executive committee (NEC) was locked in a meeting to "give its blessing" to discussion documents before the policy conference in June.

"We are going through a technical exercise of reviewing all policies adopted in Polokwane in 2007," he told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting in Centurion.

The papers would be released next Monday.

'No holy cows'

Radebe, who is also justice minister, said "there are no holy cows" when it came to policy discussions in the African National Congress.

"All party members, most particularly those co-ordinating policy areas, are at liberty to review each and every policy of the ANC with the view of nurturing it to create better life for the people. So there is no aspect of policy of ANC that is not under scrutiny as we speak."

From next week, members of the ANC and the general public would be the final arbiters of which policies would be accepted or amended. On Monday the NEC sat through presentations of draft policy documents on international relations, social transformation, and peace and stability.

The ANC's anchor document which had been sent back and forth - strategy and tactics - was tabled again on Monday.

The last NEC meeting held earlier this month finalised draft policies on education and health, economic transformation, state-owned enterprises, and development finance institutions.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said only one document would not be circulated in its original form - religion and traditional affairs. It would be combined with other discussion documents, such as legislature and governance, and social transformation.

Radebe said the NEC would, after the endorsement of the basic tenants of all policy documents, spend next few days making changes as suggested by the leadership.

  • Sean - 2012-02-28 08:13

    That right there is the problem with the cANCer. They are not the govt, they are the ruling party, so please tell me why the cANCer is releasing these papers? Surely the Govt should be doing this? But we all know that the the cANCer only does what is in its best interest and not what is in the best interest of the country. The wheel turns and for their sake, they had better not be around when it does, the biggest witch hunt in our history will take place.

      Abram - 2012-02-28 09:36

      why don't you fly to britain if this is not what is best for you?they are doing this in the best interest of the country.

      jpwestwood - 2012-02-28 10:57

      All political parties have policies irrespective of whether they are the ruling party. The DA has policies which they draft as well. Being the ruling party there is a good chance that the party policy will become the government policy but that is a separate issue.

  • John - 2012-02-28 08:17

    Eishhh...Malema makes public speech again also I'm lookimg for my champagne glass here to say goodbye to someone. "When your dreams turn to dust, it's time to vacuum"

  • Francois - 2012-02-28 10:24

    This is quick. 2.5 years after the previous policy conference. I would've expected that they would've implemented their policies and would be reporting back by now.

  • Khehla - 2012-02-28 10:34

    I agree with Abram, while anger is a birth right to most, people must learn to control it. Not everything that the ANC touches or propose is bad and as a result people must be factual on their critism or comments as they might not be helping in any way. The documents that the ANC will be releasing offers us as a nation an opportunity to reflect on how far have we gone in transforming the country and what direction do we need to take going forward, therefore either inside or outside the ANC we as South Africans can make our views heard on the policies under discussion, theafter influencing the ANC discussions indirectly. Lastly, the ANC is a ruling party and cannot be separated from the activities within the Government, therefore everything that they discuss will one way or the other affect all South Africans....those that are not comfortable with the current arrangement can learn from the group that left the country just towards the first democratic election, mostly are back and saying South Africa under the ANC is a better country

      Mark - 2012-02-28 13:50

      Khehla. Those of us who are not comfortable with the current arrangement can vote against it - we are not going anywhere and we do not need to learn from "returnees". We stayed here, remember!

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