ANC wants public to help form policies

2012-01-13 22:30

Johannesburg - The ANC will hold public meetings in February to invite South Africans to help the governing party formulate its policies, spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Friday.

He said the ANC would release its draft policy documents after its national executive committee's meeting, being held from February 2 to February 6.

The committee would consider all draft and discussion documents before they were sent to ANC branches for comment ahead of the policy conference in June.

"They are public documents and anyone will have the right to comment," said Mthembu.
"The documents will be made available to the media or the ANC website."

He said people with suggestions were welcome to make them at ANC branch meetings or at the ANC's offices.

The ANC would also seek comment on its proposals from the economic, business and labour sectors.

The ruling party's policy and elective conferences this year will reportedly fine-tune government thinking on economic matters.


Last year, suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema pushed debate on the ANC's adoption as policy nationalisation of the mining and banking sectors, and land expropriation without compensation.

Malema was recently found guilty by an ANC disciplinary hearing of bringing the party into disrepute, and is appealing against his five-year suspension.

During side rallies at the ANC centenary celebrations over the weekend, he reiterated the expression "economic freedom in our lifetimes".

In December, the ANC in Limpopo became the first party structure to formally call for the implementation of Malema's suggestions.

The ANC's draft position on nationalisation will be in a booklet containing all the party's proposed policies on among others the economy, education and health. It will be sent to branches in preparation for the June national congress.

Last year, the ANC commissioned an independent panel of experts to report on nationalisation. The report was supposed to be made public by the end of December, but it was sent back for redrafting.

  • Sean - 2012-01-13 22:50

    Just a publicity stunt , lol !! Bunch of criminals ! They don`t give a f@ck about the public !

  • Sterling - 2012-01-13 22:56

    In a democracy the people should have a voice in making the laws. This is why members of parliament should be elected by the people and not appointed.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-14 12:03

      Sure, but which people? A vote should have restrictions. Sorry but one man one vote is a terrible idea in any country where the population exceeds say 6 million. Just too many fools having a say in how things are done. Democracy actually facilitates its own demise.

  • Patrick - 2012-01-14 00:34

    wot a headline!! hahaha, wasteing ur peoples tax money isnt enough?? u want more!! haha... its really sad, sa is a sinking ship

      Hotkop - 2012-01-14 07:33

      This is not a spelling contest. He's trying to say something. Join a teachers forum.

      George - 2012-01-14 09:17

      @ Atheitis, Shut up teacher (short for old fart)

      Marius - 2012-01-14 10:33

      Not all people can spell equally well, in fact, reading people's comments on websites like these, it seems that 80% of the people struggle with spelling to some degree. But sometimes the message is more important than the spelling!

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-14 01:14

    "He said people with suggestions were welcome to make them at ANC branch meetings or at the ANC's offices." Great, so instead of getting bill suggestions, like 'scrap the POI', we will be getting bills like 'natunilisatun' :P

  • Adam - 2012-01-14 04:10

    The anc doesnt need "fine tuning" what they need is to find the damn station.

  • Piet - 2012-01-14 05:53

    If these fools were serias they would listen to the DA. Good, frequent and free advice on their stinking policies. If any white person gives advice it is... wait for this... racism!!!

      Vusie - 2012-01-14 08:23

      You must first learn how write english and start commenting. you are not an ANC member so you are no way to say anything with your DA. say your views @ the western cape da conferences (rascist is a person) rascism is a practice done by a rascist. what you got hey.....

      Hotkop - 2012-01-14 08:50

      Vusie said: "You must first learn how write english and start commenting" LMAO!!!!!!! IDIOT!

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-14 07:03

    NORMAL 'SHOWTIME" AGAIN - the only thing that they have had any slight successful trends in since struggling to change from a 'revolting party' into a revolting governing party.

  • Ryan - 2012-01-14 07:18

    OK first policy I would like to see implemented is the age old Japanese tradition of SEPPUKU every time a government official embarrasses himself, the ANC and South Africa as a whole.

  • Jacques - 2012-01-14 08:14

    To get public input they will need to educate the public and if the public is educated, they will not vote ANC. Catch 22 situation.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-14 08:26

      True, they want to use their voters for their own gain again as usual.

  • velilejonathan.williams - 2012-01-14 08:16

    What a joke this ANC has become. If the public will formulate their policies then the easiest and more sensible thing to do would be to form part with other political parties. Each of these parties/organisations carries some voices of public. They should therefore collate these into one and formulate their policies.

      Siyanda - 2012-01-14 09:26

      I totally agree, they should involve all parties. But the problem is the ANC know they can't lie to the other parties like they do to their own voters and then have to stop stealing from the taxpayers.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-01-14 09:06

    the first policy i would like to see implemented is to have all the stupid people thrown out of the party. mind you if we do that then the anc will just be an empty organisation.

  • Morne - 2012-01-14 09:52

    What does the ANCYL not understand! Nationalization does not work and never will! They should rather concentrate on more important issues that will solve the countless problems the country faces. The fact that they (those who run the ANCYL) keep on pushing for these never worked policies, CLEARY shows that they have agenda's other than solving SA problems!

  • Moss - 2012-01-14 09:56

    Greed is good, Greed is right, Greed works, Greed clarifies cuts through and captures the essence of evolution, Greed in all of its forms, Greed for life, Greed for love, Greed for money, for knowledge has marked the upward search of mankind and Greed, you mark my words will not only save you but that other malfunction corporation called South Africa..... I can see all tenderpreneurs raising their stakes! well not that way pals, no corruption please

  • Kim - 2012-01-14 10:08


      Shirley - 2012-01-14 12:16

      More like pig fat.

  • Mzwakhe Mnguni - 2012-01-14 10:44


  • Anthony - 2012-01-14 11:32

    anc web site! can they read?

  • KCorsar - 2012-01-14 11:46

    What, is this a joke after they bullied the Information Bill through Parly; now its 'convenient' to make this pathetic gesture. Well lets start with the idiotic contents of the Weather Bill and a revisit on the Information Bill - lets propose changes there a litmus test to this statement and see what transpires - if no action then this is nothing more then smoke and mirrors.

  • braamc - 2012-01-14 11:50

    Policy no 1: Stop stealing tax payers money Policy no 2: Start delivering Policy 3: Serve the people Oh, sorry, policies thrown out

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-14 11:50

    How are the policies to be formulated by the pupblic going to help when the policies in place cannot be translated into practice. There is nothing wrong with the current ANC policies, the problem are the corrupt officials who can only impliment self-enrichment policy. This is simply time delaying tactics but the public should remember that we don't live forever.

  • Jacqui - 2012-01-14 11:56

    What a laugh. The ANC is not even capable of answering an email, let alone listen to anything other than their own song.

  • Alva - 2012-01-14 12:08

    The ANC are asking for help because they can't formulate decent workable policies on their own.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-14 12:12

    Public suggestions are welcome and those not in favour of corruption,nationalisation,landgrabbing,bee,will ALL be ignored! Just how dumb do they think we are?

  • Uct - 2012-01-14 12:16

    ooh ooh ooh, can I go? Do I have to sign an agreement saying that I will support all of the ANC proposals? I've already published an article in the ISS's crime quartely and still no feedback from anybody in government. Guess they didn't like what I had to say :(

  • eradingoana - 2012-01-14 13:33

    Since when did the African National Corruption consider the input of members of the public? They have passed the Corruption Seal Bill on their own, who are they fooling now?

  • Archie - 2012-01-14 13:49

    Get advice from the world bank and other austere world bodies,only thing is they wont use the info .Too politically dangerous to do it right

  • Patsy - 2012-01-14 16:32

    Yeah, right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David - 2012-01-14 19:00

    We ANC supporters are not dumb, but people who love their country and believe in the ANC and see the hard work that this party has done.

  • Sterling - 2012-01-14 20:35

    @goyougoodthing,you have a mindset of a dictator and believe only you have a divine right to rule those fools. This was true for Hitler,Stalin,Castro and Mugabe that they had the right to rule these foolish people. For me, I say give me democracy where the fools can have a say about their lives.

  • Buster - 2012-01-14 20:47

    This is just another step in the ANC master plan to kidnapp this country and all its wealth and create Africas newest and shiniest dictatorship.( Dont worry, all those who voted for the ANC will get F@ck all from nationalisation anyway, but they are too stupid to know that, but they will still go along with it, because they hate so bad) By getting the untamed massess to tell the ANC what to do is obviously a ploy,so that when they pass the nationilation act, they can say the people of this country want us to.How could we expect any thing less from a bunch of illiterate criminals.

      Lauren - 2012-02-16 19:05

      Buster, you are also invited to comment, as are we all. Have you ever considered that if you stop referring to people as "untamed masses", we may ALL just get a bit further with this whole nation building thing we are trying to do? Do you know how insulting and hurtful you are being? Do you even care, or is it all just wholesale "feel better" knee jerking for you?

  • bernpm - 2012-01-14 22:40

    Is all this in any way related to the planning report to 2030 by Trevor Manual?

  • piet.makwas - 2012-01-14 23:45

    It is no use calling them names because there isn’t a word bad enough to describe them. But like the rest of Africa and the Arab lands, their own people will turn on them like dogs with rabies...(",)

      Lauren - 2012-02-16 18:57

      Piet, they are trying to be more inclusive. Why the need for name calling? Ja, ja, I know it's been frustrating...nothing compared to the past, however, I guess. I'm not sure, I'm too young, but I reckon it was pretty bad. This is not a bad thing. Stop being so painfully critical. See the good when it comes our way.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-01-15 10:53

    As I'm older than most of u...I clearly remember, that no Member of Parliment was appointed to a portfolia in the Nat's days, that was'nt university qualified to hold that post. There lies our countries biggest problem..we have gardeners, street sweepers,& rubbishbin MP POSTS, how can they possibly be expected to have the faintest idea of how to do their jobs(which need to be held by highly intelligent people). Rule No1.. MP's must hold degrees in what ever that portfolia requires. Example.. let's put Zuma in a hospital, and he needs to carry out an open heart operation on someone...would you like to be that someone? Point made, these MP's don't know what they are doing..and being paid a fortune for it...and still their salaries don't satisfy them.. they still need to use corrupt means to get more money..that is'nt theres to start with. All we can hope for is that, some educated youngster (black) has a passion for his counrty,politic & his people, has been broughtup decently..understands good morals ect; Wish some miracle like this could happen.

  • Glyn - 2012-02-16 17:27

    If that is not an admission of failure I don't know what is! They know that they are failures! Why vote for self-confessed failures? Vote DA! or IFP!

      Thulani Zondi - 2012-02-16 21:55

      Da ? Ifp ? Are you serious?

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