Second transition now 'second phase'

2012-06-28 21:03

Johannesburg - The ANC appeared to have overcome reported internal divisions over a key policy paper on a "second transition" for correcting economic imbalances.

But the transition now had a new name, African National Congress policy head Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

"All commissions have accepted the content and the thrust of the document as you know it," he told reporters at the party's national policy conference in Midrand.

However, instead of calling the next stage of democracy the "second transition", it would now be called the "second phase of the transition", he said.

Eleven commissions had been debating the discussion document on the "second transition" since Tuesday.

According to the paper, the ANC must enter a second era of democracy, as the past 18 years were the first transition, during which the focus was political emancipation.

The second phase had to focus on social and economic transformation over the next 30 to 50 years.

Following the discussions, it appeared that commissions had decided there would not be a second transition, but a continuation of the first transition.

"There was broad agreement that we are in a continuing transition from apartheid colonialism to a national democratic society," Radebe said.

This second phase should be characterised by more radical policies to bring about economic and social change to address poverty, inequality and unemployment, he said.

Radebe rejected the idea that the second transition was shorthand for the re-election of ANC president Jacob Zuma at the party's national elective conference in Mangaung in December.

He said he had spent time in four commissions on Wednesday and they had not been evaluating the document in terms of a succession battle, but at a "high, theoretical level".

National executive committee member Tony Yengeni said it was "mischievous" to suggest the document was linked to Zuma's reported re-election campaign.

"It is extremely mischievous to associate this discussion document... with the second term of comrade president Jacob Zuma," Yengeni said.

"This is a policy document."

Radebe said the ANC was still committed to a mixed economy, but wanted to ensure that when the state played a role it did so effectively.

"Where as a state we play a role, it must be effective."

The policy document accepted by the commissions on Thursday would be taken back to the ANC branches for input and then taken for adoption to the national conference in December.

  • Godfrey - 2012-06-28 21:15

    Hand it to the ANC they are very creative with slogans (to fool the masses) and songs.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-28 21:59

      Just a pity that they cannot apply the same level of creativity & enthusiasm to the task of governance.

      downwiththeANC - 2012-06-28 22:06

      Second phase to steal as much as you can while the going is good. Sure ministers and government officials will be upgrading their fancy cars in this second transition. Lots to still steal and plunder. Everything is pretty much on the verge of collapse on the first transition...schools, hospitals, municipalities, infrastructure ect ect. The second phase will see the total collapse of everything - it could have turned out better if we really had people in government that care and that are competent and not just in it for themselves. - 2012-06-28 22:10

      a government divided among itself will never stand, thank God for that. Hope the whole lot of them stone each other.

      geronimo.feather - 2012-06-28 22:10

      you mean to say over these past few days they were "struggling" to find a new name, that's it? Singing and chanting against a name, forget about the underlying policies...we demand sum frrree KFC and now we are heppee. The racist and immature ANC can go to hell.

      downwiththeANC - 2012-06-28 22:11

      by the way...we the taxpayers will foot the bill for this conference. Sure it will cost a 100 million or so. Zuma may even have had one of his many kids head of catering...tenderpreneuring at its best.

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-29 06:29

      The only thing that is worrying is that it looks like whites will be discriminated against for the next 30 to 50 years. But then again we know that blacks will never be able to compete with whites on an equal footing except for breading that is.

  • Carlton - 2012-06-28 21:23

    So basically they were doing jackoll for 18-years. The easiest thing in the world is to free someone, the tricky part is finding your to the promised land, just ask Moses.

      amandla.whereto - 2012-06-29 06:27

      Well this is the "second" phase, lets give them another 18 years of power to see if they can eradicate poverty and redistribute the wealth!

  • mike.mcc.71 - 2012-06-28 21:24

    The only thing they seem to be capable of is changing names! - 2012-06-28 22:14

      yes Mike and moral values, corruption statistics, Crime statistics, evidence in corruption and fraud cases.

  • Christelle - 2012-06-28 21:25

    Zimbabwe's problems started exactly 18 years after independance. Got it in 1980, talks of landgrabs started in the late '90's and the serious invasions of farms started in 1998. I do not feel comfortable with the trend!!!

  • LouisPVenter - 2012-06-28 21:28

    The second phase will only mean getting a second breath. They will up the corruption, give more to my brothers, steal more for my own pockets, work more people out of positions that are not black etc. I have never heard of such a stupid suggestion that there must be a next phase. You don't have phases in politics. You either do it right all the time or at least try or you screw up. When do you decide this was enough screwing up, lets try again, and if they still screw up which we know will happen do they say when the next election comes there is a 3rd phase?

      Christelle - 2012-06-28 21:30

      No, the 3rd phase will be begging the West for handouts because our people have no more food........

      downwiththeANC - 2012-06-28 22:08

      and the 4th phase is when the Malema becomes president. It is ofcourse only corrupt imbeciles that now become presidents from now on. - 2012-06-28 22:20

      Louis these people only effectively have experience in running a country from 1994, before white people set foot here they had not even build a structure higher than one floor or a statue or anything. If you look at how the have f@3cked up the economy and this countries moral values, you tend to think we can't really expect much more from them than what is currently the trend in SA. They realize they can't do what they set out to do, now the second prize is just to steal as much as they can and live it up until daddy takes the t-bird away. Very sad.

      Christelle - 2012-06-28 22:27

      @ Voice....and Louis.....this is a good read about the fall of Sub-Sahara countries after independence. The leaders just cannot seem to get it right. What makes me CRAZY.......... INSANITY DEFINED… Doing the Same Old Things & Expecting Different Results

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-06-28 21:33

    3 days to just re-name a proposal ? Who cares about semantics ? Yengeni is still around ? - Isn't this the guy whose corruption charges led to Mercedes ML class being dubbed Yengenis in the townships ? Do these guys realLllly know what high theoretical level means ? Come on people. Please tell us something useful and positive that came out of the conference.

      Christelle - 2012-06-28 21:39

      He qualified with flying colours to be on the right hand of the master! No matter what comes out of the conference, our people simply do not trust our government any more.....actually a lot of people never had.

  • castro.anzi - 2012-06-28 21:36

    It is true that "second transition" was never Zuma's idea as he has, as always, none to give, but the reality is that he wanted it sound like his own campaigning tool when delivering his political input. Now that it is rejected & revised, it is said it was never about campaining - but we just listen to a man trying to persuade branches that this "second transition" must be adopted. Agreeing that the Concept Theme was misplaced simply means that, as a president he also did not understand better the content. He is exposed & he must go

      sifiso.dibantu - 2012-06-28 21:42

      Second transition document was approved by the title was revised to second phase of transition. Don't be let media mislead u. I was there, the content and Important S

      sifiso.dibantu - 2012-06-28 21:42

      Second transition document was approved but the title was revised to second phase of transition. Don't be let media mislead u. I was there, the content and Important S

      sifiso.dibantu - 2012-06-28 21:43

      Second transition document was approved but the title was revised to second phase of transition. Don't be let media mislead u. I was there, the content and Important S

  • derek.francois.3 - 2012-06-28 21:50

    Geez this turkey is still telling the uneducated masses what they want to hear, pays to keep their voters uneducated thus the state of education in our country. Bet most educated blacks don't vote ANC anymore. The elitist regime and its corrupt puppets resemble Mugabe more and more............

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-28 21:52

    Ok, they have to come up with a plan to fool the people some more, and they give this plan a name. The name is rejected and changed. The intention remains the same - to fool the people that they know what they're doing and where they're going. And they cannot even deliver schoolbooks on time - 6 months into the school year?? That's a disgrace. The levels of corruption are a disgrace - surely that's the very first thing that needs attention before they start making all kind if airy fairy plans for the future. They need to cut the corruption and prove themselves worthy of governing the country. Right now they a bunch of frauds pretending they know what they are doing. They aren't fooling anyone.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-06-28 21:52

    I can consult to ANC a solution to get them out of what they do not see as am embarrasing mess.I have lived in African countries other than RSA for 30 years !!

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-28 22:00

      Now what IS your solution to this so called embarrassing mess?

      ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-28 22:20

      OMG another BHEKI CELE, I know ZUMA for more than 25years. So what so what, we want a solution baba we want a solution, not interested to how old are you

      Tommo - 2012-06-29 00:43

      @Kevin. You are keeping me awake. Im waiting ..

      sally.lewitt - 2012-06-29 00:59

      ALL TALK and NO ACTION.. Mmm.. Sounds familiar!

      Tseke.Tseke - 2012-06-29 02:30

      You must go help those African countries you ran away from 1st, then show us your results. Only then we will gladly accept ur proposal with 50million pair of hands ;-)

  • Jacques H. Kirchner - 2012-06-28 21:59

    Potato potatoe...The sh@t is grabs are going to be a real part of our future. And the current thieving and looting is going to from bad to worse.

  • musawenkosi.mvubu - 2012-06-28 22:00

    At the end of the day whether its second tranSition or second phase, this however has got nothing to do with the people of the South but it has got something to do with power (who is in charge) we have witnessed how leaders of the so called liberation movement have behaved in Africa.

  • des.cider - 2012-06-28 22:00

    It's again the second choice in a country that is delining from second class status.. I am trying to be positive!!

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-06-28 22:08

    The second phase is just different terminology its the same thing.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-06-28 22:10

    It's hypocritical to ask for 2nd transition when you never delivered on the 1st transition.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-28 22:12

    From second phase to second term

  • Richard - 2012-06-28 22:44

    Second Phase? Why not be more accurate and call it the Second Corruption or the Second Heist?

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