Nation building neglected - Phosa

2012-06-09 17:00

Johannesburg - The ANC had neglected nation building and the next set of leaders needed to focus on the future, the party's treasurer-general said at the Western Cape provincial general council on Saturday.

"In the Western Cape, and in the country, we dropped the ball on nation building," Mathews Phosa said in a speech prepared for delivery.

He said those who were elected at the Mangaung conference needed to look to the future, rather than the past.

"We neglected our interaction with minorities, and we admit that we often did not live by our motto that this country belongs to all who live in it."

In the Western Cape the African National Congress could only displace the Democratic Alliance by being an inclusive party according to established ANC principles.

Phosa said job creation, skills levels, the development of black entrepreneurs and service delivery needed to be addressed.

At the Mangaung Conference delegates would discuss issues including the roll-out of the National Health Insurance, improving the judiciary and how state intervention in the minerals sector could "unlock" its value.

"Broadly speaking, the point of departure is that of saying: we have won a resounding victory on the political front; our job is now to ensure that we do even better in planning and structuring the economic liberation of our country," Phosa said.

  • Kevin - 2012-06-09 17:10

    After Irvin Jim and Ronald Lamolas comments who wants to build a nation with the ANC acolytes. All they would do is tear down the biggest and best economic edifice in Africa.

  • Bob - 2012-06-09 17:14

    And that took you 20 years to realise? Bit slow on the uptake aren’t you!

      Alf - 2012-06-10 19:41

      Too busy protecting their illgotten gains!

  • Shane Kelly - 2012-06-09 17:24

    promises promises you are all mouth, and then..................nothing happens as usual.

      rudi.debeer.5 - 2012-06-09 21:04

      Yes, the ANC is great at lip service. Real service is hard work.

      phonis9 - 2012-06-30 23:55

      faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaakkkkkkkkkkk the cANCer

  • Glenda - 2012-06-09 17:29

    Nation building? What is the effect of BEE on nation building?

      kaMazibuko - 2012-06-09 18:08

      BEE helps alot of previously disadvantaged south africans, if it wasnt for fronting and other dodgy practices by business, it would be more productive.

      henryian73 - 2012-06-09 19:08

      have to agree with Sihle

      farmfreund - 2012-06-09 19:17

      Sihle KaMazibuko Mkhize - that maybe true that it helped a lot of poor black people, but you take one personse bread and give it to someone else, there where no job creation just swopping the white faces with black faces so what the hell is the piont in it, it whould off been better to create new jobs and fill them with black people , we lost a lot of know-how in this whole process, if you think about it the infrustructure is bracking away, the cost of repairing this will by far exeed any good the bee might have done, with out know how this country can not funktion at its potential

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 11:54

      Ssihle, if BEE was as it was suppose to be, lots of poor people would have had it better today. Now a handful of fat cats, including Chinese, are using the gravy train for themselves and the poor is still trying to get their shacks dry after the rain we had the last few days. Human greed knows no colour.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-06-09 17:30

    Say one thing and do the exact opposite. These guys must get out of both sides of their bed at the same time in the morning.

  • Cre8tivedave - 2012-06-09 17:34

    must be an election coming heard --- all this bull before

      rudi.debeer.5 - 2012-06-09 21:08

      The Western Cape is a real problem for the ANC. They dont like it to see any one else do better than they ever could. This has the potencial of changing a lot of voters perspective in other provinces.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-06-09 17:50

    Don't believe a word of it. Let's see real progress and change instead of empty promises and false talk. I'm tired of this ANC making remarks all the time when no effort or concensus is actually menifested from anything they say!! PRACTICE WAHT YOU PREACH. PERIOD.

  • Henk - 2012-06-09 17:55

    Mr Phoza, you are still a struggling liberation movement. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-09 18:12

    I wonder who is included in this nation that they want to build,they must take us for fools.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-09 18:18

    Bee only helps black disadvantaged thats the biggest problem in that policy,it should be SAEE,south african economic empowerment,not for every one who stuffs their own country up by voting idiots into power then when the crap hits the fan they come to this country but i suppose its a job for a vote.

  • denis.delaport - 2012-06-09 18:24

    Nation building???????? mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, no comment on nation looting?

  • robi.robert.963 - 2012-06-09 18:26

    It looks like nation building according to him is economic freedom.Planning and structuring the economy of the country.That can be succesful only if politicians be politicians and stop posing their noses in the free market and let business people do their best, to run business to grow the economy and create employments. problem with the politicians, is they are Politicians Business people of which the accumulation of wealth end up not benefiting the country in one way or another. As long as we still have tenderpreneurs who are politicians, planning and structuring of the economy will always remain meaningless.

  • petrofect - 2012-06-09 18:30

    is Phosa also canvassing for re-election?#pitty

  • Winifred - 2012-06-09 18:57

    Until the ANC actually do something and make an example of those idiotes in the ANCYL who keep telling the whites they are not welcome then you can never have nation building. The coloured people were told to bugger off out the cape because there are too many of them there they seem to be a bit softer on the indians maybe because of the guptas and the sheiks. So how can you build a nation when we are being we are not wanted. Many whites were born in south africa, their parents and grand parents, so we are true blooded south africans, this is our country to. We want to see this country flourish as much as you do but we constantly being belittled and blamed for apartheid. Its time the Anc taught their people some values, like get off you butt and work for what you want, its not going to fall like manna from heaven. It did'nt happen to us, we worked hard things were not given to us by the past governments, we all contributed, just like we are doing not. So wake up and do something before it is too late.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-06-09 19:06

      Worked hard n the laws were in ur favour but unfavorable to black people. Screw that u worked hard.....

      Tax - 2012-06-09 19:46

      Mtshezi I have a job for you if you want. I need a garden boy.

      andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-06-10 07:04

      The worrying factor is when the idiots in the ANCYL spout their nonsense about land invasions, nationalization etc., the ANC government does nothing to allay the fears of white farmers and others. The ANC tends to live in the past and will not let it go as this seems to attract those who wish to inherit the country without having to work for their own upliftment. This theme is also part of the ANCYL credo who are creating dissent amongst different groups in RSA.

  • Sekwati - 2012-06-09 18:57

    I'm with you comrade phosa...together as south africans we need to sit down..all races and take a new direction...the time has come for you guys to retire and hand over the reigns to the intellectuals...people need to stop complaining and help sort this mess out...apartheid is gone..we blacks are not idiots... please white people get this in your head....we voted the anc in power because we wanted pik botha to stop his hitler antics towards us...things will get better eventualy...anc is failling yes this space.....

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-09 19:08

      agree, enough of this leaderless madness, before its too late

      Dave - 2012-06-09 22:39

      Pik Botha is now an ANC member. You are welcome to him.

  • Themba - 2012-06-09 18:59

    Are you not part of the top six, stop talking as if you are outside!!!

  • BulletProof - 2012-06-09 19:18

    All triks, electoral propagand start.

  • msawenkosi.vanga - 2012-06-09 19:18

    Mathew Phosa is an anarchist,loose canon.

  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-06-09 19:22

    It may be a good political ploy not to properly educate people to hold on to power. However, a good education and degree does not stop people from ignorance, nepotism, patriotism and greediness. Look at “educated” Europe who are struggling and it seems the RSA will now also be affected by their unwillingness to change. Even some first world countries are not obliged to appoint the best candidate where a position needs to be filled. Humanity needs to get rid of prejudice and discrimination (internationally) and try to save the world by appointing the best candidates. I will not rest my case as this craziness affects us all!

  • jaco.fridaystreet - 2012-06-09 19:24

    "In the Western Cape the African National Congress could only displace the Democratic Alliance by being an inclusive party according to established ANC principles" and "Broadly speaking, the point of departure is that of saying: we have won a resounding victory on the political front; our job is now to ensure that we do even better in planning and structuring the economic liberation of our country," What resounding success? LOOK AT THE FACTS!! Increasing unemployment, abysmal education, poverty, the most unequal society on the globe, collapsing health services, increasing corruption,conniving to undermine the constitution & judiciary, the government taken to court repeatedly for review of unconstitunioal decisions & policies, etc. So, 'NO' Mr Phosa, your comments are cheap & expedient politicking. The ANC as an instrument of nation building & reconciliation in the Madiba mode, has lost all credibility. The ANC is inherently racist & corrupt and - admit it - marxist. You rule through division, empty promises and lies! Nice words but without any substantial meaning all aimed at recapturing the Western Cape in the short term and then the looting will continue, the constitution and judiciary emasculated, SAPS & security services totally corrupted,more inept cadres appointed, and the ANC's shameless lust for power steadily advanced. You have no credibility at all! You & the ANC are as cheap as they come and a disgrace to every citizen of this nation and the country. Just F*off!

  • bfvillet - 2012-06-09 20:08

    you have failed to unify south africa because most of the time is spent positioning yourselves to hold on to your positions while getting rid of your opponents.It is only with strong and decisive leadership in the ANC that unity can be established only then will we be able to see change which will improve our lives.As it is now the only if anyone should ask me about any significant things the president has done all i can say is that he got rid of Malema got married again and had a child out of wedlock if you want to build unity please provide the example and present yourselves as servants of the people and not vice versa.Again i have to question what you are saying seeing that we are a few months away from Mangaung.It seems that the ANC`s biggest problem is succesion and how it is managed we are tired and want good visionary decisive leadeship.Our country and its people bleed while you fight

  • SARealist - 2012-06-09 20:42

    When the ANC drops the race issues like AA, BBBEE etc and all SA share true equal rights then nation building will begin. Until the ANC stops trying to share the Financial Cake, Mining Cake, Banking Cake into smaller pieces instead of finding ways to increase the size of the CAKES so all can have a bigger share there will be no TRUE NATION BUILDING. The ANC must spend on infastructure then business can grow. Eskom disaster just does not allow for any more jobs to be created as the grid just can't support more jobs in industry. The ANC shot themselves in the foot with poor planning around the areas of power, roads, railways etc. The ANC has thus left with 6 million people supporting 40 million. Could the ANC please explain what decent jobs actual means. If SA employees the extra 30 million adults at R5,000 per month or spend 1.8 trillion rand per year on wages. JUST HOW MANY BUSINESSES MUST BE CREATED SO AS TO EARN THESE KIND OF NUMBERS? WHO BUYS ALL THE OUTPUT? False promises?

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-09 20:58

    Phosa you f*cking dim et all your thieving and thoroughly corrupt ANC cadres lost the plot when you cut us out of everything except taxing us to death !! F*ck you ,the ANC and your nation building!!

  • rudi.debeer.5 - 2012-06-09 21:18

    In Afrikaans we call people like Phosa and JZ TWEE GAT JAKKALSE. He always makes the right noise depending on his audience. Their stance vary greatly if speaking to the ANCYL or AFRIFORUM. Most SA citizens are not stupid.We dont believe you.........

      glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-06-12 15:21

      @Fannie, you have a problem? Gerald Jordaan has a BIG PROBLEM! The ANC for one, BEE the other..... Fannie wake up and smell the rote in this country, it started 20 years ago and is still rotting!

  • Bongeka - 2012-06-09 21:40

    I'm very glad to hear that someone from the ANC leadership realises the mistakes they made.Well I don't think it's too late to make a difference. We toyi toyed for freedom and democracy was born.And now in this democracy, roads have been barricaded for service delivery and someone from the ruling party's leadership tells the country that they have wronged.Let's just hope something good for the people of this country will be born out of this. Yes there's still too much racial division,pride but most of all who is the BOSS now.That has been and still is rulling our leaders heads and making them to forget that South Africa belongs to everyone who lives in it. I'm not a DA supporter but I always give credit where it's due.So, people do not think I'm saying what I said above because I'm with the opposition.It doesn't matter if you're black or white, if you do something right then we have to give you credit. Yuo've said a mouthfull Mr Phosa and now it's about time to unleash those young intelectualls to remedy the situation.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-06-09 22:17

    I respect u mr Phosa u are man to lead the country, u have my vote.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-10 11:59

      Madoda, you have the hand of a six Year old, it is quickly filled. Forgotten Phosa's supporr for Malema already?.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-06-10 02:28

    I agree with u Mr M Phosa your party has neglected nation buidilng.They are looting public funds,stealing from the poor/public purse. u r right.We need leaders like u in this country.Leaders who do not defend his/her party just because it 'liberated' us.nonsense

      Piston - 2012-06-10 08:37

      Maybev read his comments again. It worries me that the WEstern Cape is mentioned along with economic freedom. What does that mean anyway? We all have to make our own jobs and not rely on false the Lotto! Keep it real people!

  • Piston - 2012-06-10 08:26

    Economic liberation comes from within...go build something rather than taking what others have means self employment & creating own wealth structures...not stripping a country of its resources that you can buy a Lamborghini & think you are succsessful. Individual wealth should be based on how many people you can employ...but only if competative & productive. are a complete dwis & always will be...

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-10 11:50

    Said whirlwind Phosa. He also want tax payers to support political parties right?.

  • glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-06-12 15:15

    With all your 'right' speeches, Mathews Phosa, are you trying to get brownie points!! To late to little!

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