Differences a good thing - Manuel

2012-06-27 16:50

Johannesburg - Differences between ANC members on policy issues will strengthen the party, says national executive committee member Trevor Manuel.

"This conference was convened so that people can discuss their views and eventually shape the views that will go to Mangaung for the 53rd [elective] conference," Manuel said on the sidelines of the ANC's national policy conference in Midrand on Wednesday.

"There is no other organisation that discusses issues this way and even when there are differences of opinion it makes for the development of a strong political organisation."

Manuel, who also serves as the minister in the presidency, said he would chair a commission on the economic transformation discussion document later on Wednesday.

"I have the task of chairing a commission this afternoon and we must allow that to flow [with different views]. But we have had many positive discussions since the commissions yesterday [Tuesday]."

The four-day conference started at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Tuesday.

Delegates spent the first half of Wednesday in commissions discussing strategy and tactics; the second transition and organisational renewal.

Members have split into 11 commissions to discuss the ANC's other policy documents.

  • Tommo - 2012-06-27 17:00

    While I agree with Trevor Manuel, I think the problem with the ANC is that they are far too strong. They have become complacent and lost. They are arrogant and they dominate and bully other parties. They are too safe. We need desperately a SPLIT in the ANC. Bad for them, but good for the country.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-27 17:17

      we share that view, i will not sit back and do nothing, i and my entire household,will not vote for the current cabinet

      Tommo - 2012-06-27 17:23

      @ntutuko. You just made my day :)))

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-06-27 17:34

      The day that the ANC has a leader from an ethnic minority (like Manuel) and the DA have a black leader will be the day racialism has been kicked from South Africa.. I hope Manuel stands for leader..

      Tommo - 2012-06-27 17:38

      Thandiwe. I totally agree. I hope I live to see that day.

      Sharon - 2012-06-27 19:37

      have you guys noticed that when these guys are making their speeches they go on about the people not having land,exclusion of the people from business,the people need jobs.then they say redistribute the land from the whites,nationalise the whites businesses,the white businesses must create more job - i ask you guys are south africans all black and the rest of us whites or are we all south the anc creating another type of apartheid here to rile up their supporters against us,what is their agenda with this type speech - believe me the wording of their speeches is carefully chosen

      sipho.sithole.94 - 2012-06-29 00:46

      Wolla thammo!

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-27 17:03

    "Differences between ANC members on policy issues will strengthen the party" That's not my reading of the situation over the past six months or so, Trevor - quite the opposite, in fact.

      Godfrey - 2012-06-27 17:20

      Agree with you, ANC members still believe "if you not for me, you are against me" and the winner takes all. So I doubt the "strengthening" speech.

      emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-06-27 19:58

      its not strengthening in the sense of a more "stable" political party. it has more to do with the broadening of horizons for the anc. i like trevor cuz he understand the importance of DEBATE. the sharing of ideas, the raising of opinion, proving your point and questioning that of another. if you guys are so worried about zuma becoming a tyrant then you should be glad that there are still people like trevor who realise the best way to stop tyrrany is to make sure that everybody else gets to be heard.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-27 17:09

    Lots of ANC discussion as usual and little action.

  • sanzasonny - 2012-06-27 17:26

    The formulation of economic policy responsive to the three challenges facing SA:poverty,inequality and unemployment, must be approached with sober minds. It is reality that the three are holding SA back. Privileged landed whites must be ready to give up part of their privileges for national interest.

      Sharon - 2012-06-27 19:14

      lets hope sanity prevails

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-06-27 17:26

    It might be an case of divide and rule but when the well being of a Country not persons whose demands for free upliftment on the grounds of their votes forces a government to take steps which can ruin an economy then it becomes serious.

  • Fanie - 2012-06-27 17:32

    Dream on Trev, the way the ANC reacts to differences is also called "over reacting".

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-27 18:39

    Differences of views in the ANC results if factions. Diagree with the head honcho and his henchmen Gwede Mantashe, etc and see how you will shouted down and obscenities hurled at you. Just ask that chameleon called Tokyo. They have no concept of what democracy means.

  • Zahir - 2012-06-27 19:02

    Manuel is wasting his time with anc as he does not support socialism or nationalisation he should join DA anc policy does not deliver

      sipho.sithole.94 - 2012-06-29 00:44

      Zahir,respect elders don't just talk like mad cow Malema.think as person who civilized not like street kid sies.

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