Policy debates will be exciting - ANC

2012-06-25 20:32

Johannesburg - Robust debate will be the exciting part of the ANC policy conference, party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Monday.

"This is a source of excitement," he told reporters at the ANC's Johannesburg headquarters, Luthuli House.

"The fact that people have expressed different views is indication that there will be robust debate."

When asked what obstacles the ANC would face during the policy conference, Mantashe said there were not any at this stage.

"We'll deal with challenges as they come," he said.

The ANC's four-day policy conference is set to start at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

Mantashe said about 3 500 delegates were expected to attend the conference.

The delegates consisted of branch delegates, national executive committee members, the ANC leagues, its alliance partners, deployees and business representatives.

Mantashe said the policy conference was a "preparatory conference" for the ANC's national elective conference to be held in Mangaung in December.

The policy conference would not focus on the succession debate.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said: "All of us will be focused on whether policies have worked, or if they need to be reviewed."

The ANC's head of policy, Jeff Radebe, said any "manifestation of ill-discipline" would not be tolerated.

Mantashe said the ANC was more than ready for the conference.

"There have been very robust debates within our branches, regions, provinces, alliance structures and the public on the policy proposition," he said.

"We are very confident that the policy conference... will bring together all those discussions and produce outstanding policy outcomes."

Tuesday's session would start with an address by President Jacob Zuma, who is also president of the ANC.

The conference would then have a closed plenary session.

Input would be received on three of the ANC's main policy documents: organisational renewal, strategy and tactics; the state intervention in the mining sector; and the national development plan and commission guidelines.

"All submissions that have been made by individuals and organisations have been sent to all relevant sub-committees," said Mantashe.

"These will assist in ensuring that the conference considers these discussions broadly and inclusively."

He said the ANC would ensure that all concerns would be raised and looked into.

The second day of the conference would consist of commissions discussing the party's 13 policy documents. Commissions would report back on the third and fourth days, said Mantashe.

  • Nhlahla - 2012-06-25 21:05

    I wish that this \tribalism\ thing that we have been told about be negotiated and be investigated,i wish that the president institute a commission of enquiry to get to the bottom of this damaging and shocking revelation and establish if tribalism is there or some few elements in the ANC exploit this bad demon to get support from non zulu speakers

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-06-25 21:16

      Tribalism is here to stay for a long time yet.

      sheda.habib - 2012-06-25 21:33

      What is the difference between tribalism and racism. I have looked it up and cannot really seperate them because colour does not seem to come into either term. Can we assume from this that JZ is a racist......

  • Henk - 2012-06-25 21:08

    If only work was exciting as wasting taxpayers money,

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-25 21:12

    "The fact that people have expressed different views is indication that there will be robust debate." Yes, some think the anc nec is incompetent, while others just believe they are corrupt the fruitless search for a comrade who isn't a complete spear continues. "full steam ahead and stuff the icebergs"

      Henk - 2012-06-25 21:15

      Eish Joe, no icebergs in Africa....

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-25 21:25

      @henk we Jews are everywhere

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-06-25 21:15

    Well, if you're so inclined, you may watch the proceedings on TV ;-) I, for one, don't need to develop an ulcer and I'll be otherwise occupied.

  • PeterAlan - 2012-06-25 21:20

    Will the ANC please stop debating policy and get on with the more urgent business of running the country - at all levels! The policies they debate are out-dated: the current crises in education, health-care, welfare and housing need immediate attention.

      Henk - 2012-06-25 21:23

      that means work...cant do that...

  • dieKudus - 2012-06-25 21:24

    in order to have a robust debate - one has to have brains right.. or will this debate be about the gravy train and all the current members of parliament suspended ? #boredom

      Henk - 2012-06-25 21:34

      They have a lot of brainpower when strategies are planned to get to the cookies in the jar...

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-25 21:32

    JA ja ja ANC have an 'exciting' party slash debate at the county's expense! We've ALL seen how Amused you are at the naivety of your voters. HAve a good jol!!! Remember there is a price on EVERYTHING! I boW to KARMA aka 'tokilosh'. Your days are numbered... May your dreams be haunted;-)

  • ernest.maluleke.3 - 2012-06-25 21:33

    The money that is being spent on conferences would be helping the destitute out there!

  • Phelamanga - 2012-06-25 21:35

    The introduction of the idea of a Second Transition, and the type of debates that the ANC are going to have is a strong indication that there is strong sense that these are the final days of the party/liberation movement. To say that there are many views leads to the question as to which view will supersede the others. It is very simple to see that any view contrary to that of the SACP will not be tolerated. To take a path away from the formation of an elitist political class would spell doom to the Marxist-Leninist centre of the Tripartite Alliance. The Second Transition is not a new idea. It's Marxist in principle and designed in such a way as to purge all opposition within the Alliance and leave the way open to the acceptance of the policy document that has already been drawn up by the SACP. Only those with a sense of self-worth and integrity will be honest enough to stand up and oppose this document. The rest, in order to save their own skins, will vote for it. The policy conference is a sham!

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-25 21:42

      WO..... I think we should 'propaganda' you ;-))

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-06-25 21:39

    I hope you guys(ANC) have fun with your debates, even if they are a disaster for our country.

      carl.debeer.33 - 2012-06-25 21:55

      No Peter, their debates are already written out on paper by someone in the office. They don't know what a debate is lol..

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-26 03:59

    Boisterous debates will take place in the bar BUT this time Juju won't pick up a R60k bar bill for one night's boozing !! May all your credit cards melt you fothermuckers !!

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-26 05:44

    Well, it will be interesting to see the outcome on organisational renewal and nationalisation. We are hopefully in a win-win situation here. If they resolve to root our corrupt officials and curb corruption vigorously, that will be good news (provided they implement it, of course). If they do not address the issue, then they lose another few percent of voters, and thus their stranglehold on the country. As for nationalisation, it is about time that the party spoke with one voice on this issue to eradicate uncertainty in the markets. Or better still, the party votes against it causing it to alienate Cosatu and the SACP. A split in the alliance will be good news for SA. But presumably I can dream on!

  • busane.khasibe - 2012-06-26 06:50

    I don't see those debates of yours taking the country nor the ANC anywhere..uplift the suspension of those suspended members 1st because the also belong 2 ANC

  • Nicholas - 2012-06-26 08:44

    Wow, News24 didn't waste any time in wiping out most of the original comments ... were they fearing a backlash of manufactured outrage?

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