Provincial ANC expectations

2012-06-24 20:14

Johannesburg - The lead-up to the ANC's policy conference has been characterised by in-fighting and jostling for position among provincial party structures.

By Sunday, it was still unclear what policy positions had been officially adopted by North West, Free State and Eastern Cape ahead of the four-day policy conference which starts in Midrand on Tuesday.

Each province should have decided its policies ahead of the conference, but in-fighting has delayed the processes in some of the provinces.

The national ANC had to step in to resolve tensions in the Free State, North West and Eastern Cape.

Ahead of this week's conference, this is how the provinces lie:


244 900 members 23.8% of total ANC membership KwaZulu-Natal is President Jacob Zuma's home province and strongest support base.

It wants the government to reduce privatisation measures and play a bigger role in the economy, in particular in mining, finance, agriculture and land redistribution.

It wants to eliminate conflicts of interest in the judiciary by having judges to declare their interests and financial disclosure.

It does not support the call for the nationalisation of mines as it would be expensive and have massive economic consequences for the country.

It has called for a national economic convention to discuss thorny issues of economic transformation. There was a need for the convention because certain sections of the private sector resisted transformation.

Eastern Cape

225 597 members 22% of total ANC membership. It has reportedly rejected the second transition draft policy, but it was unclear by Sunday what its official policy position was.

The Eastern Cape ANC denied it wants taxpayers to fund only the first wife of President Jacob Zuma.

This was after The Times, quoting its sister newspaper the Daily Dispatch, said the province wanted this to be discussed at the policy conference.

According to the report, the provincial ANC's economic transformation commission said it supported a proposal that only wife number one, Sizakele Khumalo, be supported by taxpayers and not the other three wives.

But provincial chairperson Pumulo Masualle denied this.

"This is a personal attack against the president, not a policy proposal of the ANC in the Eastern Cape," he said.


121 223 members 11.8% of total ANC membership. The province found the idea of a "second transition" vague and said the "concept is neither persuasive nor theoretically sound".

This was in response to one of the key national ANC policy documents which suggests that the ANC must now enter a second era of democracy.

In the past 18 years the ANC has gone through a first transition into democracy, where it focused on political emancipation. Now it needs to introduce a "second transition" that focuses on the social and economic transformation of South Africa in the next 30 to 50 years.

The Gauteng ANC said: "We are not convinced that the introduction of this thesis helps us to respond strategically, consistently and adequately to the persistent fault-lines of unemployment, poverty and inequality."


114 385 members 11.1% of total ANC membership. The Limpopo ANC is in favour of the nationalisation of mines and banks and land expropriation without compensation.

It is not in favour of the second transition draft policy as it does not agree with the separation of political and economic transformation.

"Whilst we do not subscribe to the mechanical separation of political and economic ‘transitions', we however believe the time has come for the progressive South Africans under the leadership of the ANC to tackle the growing class inequalities rooted in the unequal access to the productive economic resources such as land, mines and banks," it said.

It has disagreed with the national ANC about the suspension of former Youth League head Julius Malema, and called for the reinstatement of youth league leaders.


98 892 members 9.6% of total ANC membership. According to the Mail & Guardian, Mpumalanga supports the state taking ownership of strategic minerals such as coal, platinum, copper and chrome, and it has resolved that the Constitution and current land reform policies are adequate for land transformation.

Free State

76 334 members 7.4% of total ANC membership. The provincial elective conference was postponed three times, missing an end of May deadline, before finally taking place the weekend before the policy conference.

This was despite two of the five provincial regions not having held their regional conferences yet.

Free State ANC chairperson Ace Magashule was re-elected unopposed. It had been expected that he would be challenged for the post by former economic development MEC and party treasurer Mxolisi Dukwana, who was fired from the provincial executive in a provincial cabinet reshuffle in February.

Magashule came out fiercely in support of Zuma at the conference.

The two regional conferences that did take place - at Fezile Dabi and Lejweleputswa - were held amid claims that structures were being manipulated.

Police were last month called to the Phakisa racecourse in Welkom after a fight broke out between ANC members. The region was conducting a branch auditing process at the venue ahead of the regional elective conference at the time.

Similar scuffles had broken out at other ANC elective gatherings ahead of the ruling party's provincial elective conference.

Susan Shabangu, the Mineral Resources minister and ANC national executive committee (NEC) member was dispatched to the province to sort out the problems.

By Sunday, the province was still debating its policies ahead of the Midrand conference.

North West

60 319 members 5.9% of total ANC membership. National ANC officials had to step in after the party in North West removed five provincial executive committee members - chairperson Supra Mahumapelo, treasurer Philly Mapolane, deputy provincial secretary Gordon Kegakilwe, spokesperson Kenny Morolong and PEC member Matthew Wolmarans.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said their removal had been unconstitutional.

Those who were suspended are reportedly in favour of President Jacob Zuma's bid for a second term as president.

Police used teargas to separate two ANC groups that clashed in Mahikeng early in June before the start of the party's provincial general council.

The regions had complained that factionalism and disunity in the provincial executive committee and its inability to provide political and organisational leadership in the province continued to derail the national executive committee's efforts to stabilise the province.

On policy, The Times reported it rejected the second transition draft policy, saying the document created a notion that "there is a second transition that our struggle is entering as if there was a first transition declared at a given epoch of our struggle".

"This labelling of our current conjuncture of our history as the second transition further creates an impression that the first transition, as of the advent of democracy in 1994 to date, has resolved issues of inequality, racism, sexism, degradation, poverty, unemployment and landlessness," the province said in a statement.

By Friday, it was unclear what official policy positions it had adopted ahead of the policy conference.

Western Cape

43 397 members 4.2% of total ANC membership. Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman dismissed the "low-level" debate on the so-called "first and second transitions". Instead, the party should concentrate on the fact that economic transformation had not taken place and policies should be changed or created to address this.

The province called for stronger state intervention and ownership of strategic sectors to give effect to the ideals of the Freedom Charter.

The Reserve Bank should be owned wholly by the state, as in other countries.

The provincial party called for the development of the fishing and marine industries by re-establishing a "fish bank" to help small to medium fishing enterprises access funding.

On land ownership, the party was of the view that share schemes should be revised as they did not aid true land reform and the willing-buyer, willing-seller approach should be scrapped.

It supported the review and reduction of provinces, arguing this would improve service delivery and regulate economic planning.

Northern Cape

42 342 members 4.1% of total ANC membership.  The Northern Cape ANC said it wanted to focus on the mining sector at the upcoming conference.

Provincial head John Block did not come out wholly in support of nationalisation, but has said there are many models on the table that need to be discussed.

The province had committed to the transformation of the ‘apartheid' mining and industrial set-up that was reproducing racial underdevelopment and unsustainable patterns of accumulation of wealth.

The Northern Cape ANC wants a university with campuses in different regions of the province to create job opportunities.

Block was re-elected provincial chairperson for the third time in June, despite facing charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering.

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2012-06-24 20:37

    First slice of the pie I want is a chunk of the Naspers Group! These puppets will work well in my Pavlov experiment cause they Salivate at the mention of ANC! They love it so much they have cute names like cANCer :) voietog!

      Henk - 2012-06-24 20:50

      Foeitog, you stil vote for incompetence......

      tobydt - 2012-06-24 20:53

      I want, want, want :P The ANCYL kiddies wanna go straight from graduates to directors and CEO's.

      Henk - 2012-06-24 20:54

      Just read the last sentence, it tells a lot of cANCer supporters....foeitog!

      Stephen Radebe - 2012-06-24 21:46

      That is what

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-24 20:40

    the fruitless quest to find a comrade who isn't a complete spear continues

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-24 20:43

    The anc is in disarray. They are on the way out. They all look back at their "glorious past" but don't care about the future. Vote DA for the future!

  • Mc Tyandre - 2012-06-24 20:52

    Ace and Zoooma, these two are certified slimy corrupt politicians.

  • tobydt - 2012-06-24 20:59

    Hehe, we know how the policy conference is going to go. The ANC will walk out of it, and slap each other on the backs. They will tell the masses, everything is going to be fine... A week later, after the euphoric high as resided, back to business as usual.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-06-24 21:46

    A very interesting story.I m very happy that most provinces do not support the so called the 2nd transition document.kgalema Montlante was quoted as saying : \ a second transition from where to\? I am not surprised that most provinces do not support this proposal from Jacob Zuma.At the level of ideas,nothing new can come from this man.Mandela preached reconciliation.Thabo Mbeki-africa's rebirth.Zuma wants to lauch a 2nd transition.How can you launch a 2nd transtion although u didnt launch a 1st transit

  • brian.semake - 2012-06-24 21:52

    As long as the president of south africa is chosen by the members of the ruling party we will continue be doomed.\r\nNo province will have a clear policy discussion document only mangaung will be in their heads and we will continue be doomed

  • Digger - 2012-06-24 22:04

    They can come up with whatever policy they want, but it will not change the fact that you will always have the majority of Africans poor. This is the same in every, EVERY country in Africa and it’s because the ‘majority’ of the population are unproductive, unmotivated, uneducated and unable to be individual creative thinkers. All the Africans that are productive and have what it takes to achieve, have achieved and are successful people, but unfortunately they are the minority group. So in short from a previous post I found: "You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." William Boetcker (1873-1962) German-born Presbyterian clergyman

  • ramosa61 - 2012-06-24 22:06

    Watch the Free State: It's about to eclipse the Eastern Cape and Limpopo in terms of collapse of administration -- beginnig with the Department of Education, which is broke (nay, bankrupt) already...

  • givenmasanabo - 2012-06-24 22:31

    vote 4 anc .so that u can see the best

      Sharon - 2012-06-25 09:13

      you must be joking,or are you also on the gravy train

  • collen.masetla - 2012-06-25 10:09

    1. Under jacob zuma, the ANC accepts that SA has a problem and needs to even build university in Mpumalanga and the create more jobs and build quality RDP houses, BUT IT DECIDED TO BORROW IMF 16BILLION RANDS. 2. UNDER zuma, we see the national ANC leadership acting like they are serious only to find that they try to secure position but don't have interest of people at heart. This is all because they intervened in Limpopo department of education in December and books were not delivered till today. The minister of so called basic education was taking over that department in that province to IMPRESS AND PLEASE the president and now the thing backfires as they thought it is a punishment to JULIUS MALEMA. Books were never late for learners untill national ANC took over, eish lol. 3. UNDER zuma or zulu dominated ANC, we see second transition and when other people critisize it and say is like you are saying to the masses, you are poor and we as ANC leaders did that on purpose and now we are only becoming serious in making your life serious but not in the past 18 years, we were not serious about that. WHAT THE HELL IS SECOND TRANSITION? zuma himself went to the VERY CORRUPT free state ANC conference where he deployed his allies/pro-zuma to oversee developments and declare conference well to go ahead, he went there and said people questioning this so called transition must come with alternatives and the poor man was unaware that all who critisize it have alternatives, lol.

  • Musawakhe - 2012-06-25 13:09

    Second Transition is the way. A new era for total social & economic transformation for the benefit of our masses. We have seen over the period of 18 years what did not work for our people during the first era of our democracy. This is a chance to reflect on our achievements and challenges. Forward to the second transition, forward!

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