Shift gears for Mangaung: Zuma

2012-06-29 22:41

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has called for the party to shift gears as it heads to its national conference in Mangaung in December.

“After Mangaung we have got to change gears because our gears have been wobbling,” Zuma said to loud applause at the conclusion of the ANC's four-day policy conference in Midrand.

The conference had endorsed the need for a radical economic and transformation programme to dismantle the apartheid structure of the economy, he said.

“The branches of the ANC in their wisdom have declared that we are in a continuing transition from apartheid colonialism to a national democratic society.”

The conference rejected the notion of a second transition – a phrase that has become associated with Zuma's reported bid for a second term as president – but endorsed the idea of a second phase in the transition to a state where everyone has political, economic and social emancipation.

Zuma said that although the ANC had many successes in the last 18 years, the "challenges" of poverty, inequality and employment persisted.

One of the problems South Africa still needed to correct was the skewed ownership and management of the economy.

Zuma said the conference had agreed that state intervention in the minerals and mining sector was "urgently required", but he made no mention of a proposed super tax on mining.

"At the forefront of this intervention should be strengthening of the recently created state mining company by consolidating state mining assets into a single institution."

Police service

Delegates had resolved to establish a single police service integrating various municipal police departments under the control of the SA Police Service.

Delegates also resolved that street committees would be set up.

"Street committees should be established and controlled by the ANC," said Zuma.

Zuma clearly set out the principle of the separation of powers between the executive, legislature and judiciary.

"The branches of the state are equal parties entrusted with distinct Constitutional powers," he said.

"No branch is superior to others."

Youth subsidy

The youth wage subsidy had been rejected during the talks and Zuma said the proposals to address youth unemployment now included a tax credit to incentivise youth employment, the provision of training subsidies and a youth work-seekers grant linked to skills development.

“All these proposals aim to bring new entrants into the workplace, while still protecting the jobs and conditions of existing workers.”

He called for a discussion on youth unemployment between government, the private sector, youth organisations and labour, given the gravity of the situation.

Leading up to the conference there had been many calls to scrap the willing buyer, willing seller approach to land redistribution.

Zuma affirmed that this approach would be replaced but was vague on the details.

Land reform

“Conference also affirmed the proposal to replace willing buyer willing seller with the 'Just and equitable' principle in the Constitution, immediately where the state is acquiring land for land reform purposes,” he said.

Later, land commission member Tina Joemat-Petterson told media this would not entail any change to the Constitution.

Zuma's speech was delayed by apparent in-fighting among delegates, but Zuma said members had behaved very well.

Recommendations made at the policy conference would be taken back to ANC branches for further discussion and input.

They would be presented at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung in December where they could be adopted as official policy.

This would then inform government legislation and policies.

  • Billy - 2012-06-29 22:55

    “After Mangaung we have got to change gears because our gears have been wobbling,” yeah its the same story over and over. all you do, is change the way, you say the same thing. has anyone made a note of the different ways the anc has said its going to start doing things now? its all starting to sound the same anyway

      Hermann - 2012-06-30 05:13

      Give them credit, they are great at phraziology, always new cliches to promote their understanding of communism/socialism but experts at flopping.

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-06-30 11:48

      What a fruit farm..I just don’t know what to say anymore..? Are we a nation of morons or what..? How long will this limp excuse of colonialism and the past and blab la bla...carry on.. When will we ever move ahead.? “Will the real president please stand up.!” GET OVER THE PAST ALREADY.. after 18 years, you still blaming the whites for your failure to change a single dam thing. That’s your fault, not mine, even less so, my children..! But, why should you give a dam about us.? I bet that deep down, you hate white people. In fact, not that deep at all. I bet that you know full well that you’re on the way to destroying the future of this once grate country, and you just couldn’t give a toss..!Well guess what...I don’t care either..and as long as I am discriminated against because of my skin color, ((the very thing that the ANC spent its life fighting)) then don’t expect much enthusiasm from us... YOU SUCK..

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-30 14:17

      I am looking for the abdication of king Zuma

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-30 14:19

      I am sure even his cabinet ministers are laughing behind his back.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-06-29 22:56

    They only know how to use reverse gear.

      Adam - 2012-06-30 01:55

      They may want to change, but they got no clutch control and the accelerator is stuck.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-06-29 23:11

    The president is talk to the is not what the delegate they saying.

      afrikeni - 2012-06-30 07:30


      eish.afrika - 2012-06-30 07:57


      Marc Schroeder - 2012-06-30 08:48


      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-30 08:53

      He says the President hijacked the car.

      Sharon - 2012-06-30 09:23


      Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-06-30 09:40

      Yoh, this English was shipped into the country, i understand u Stephe..............NOT!!!!lol

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-29 23:25

    Unfortunately Mr Zuma, you have broken the country good and proper in all ways...putting it back together again I am afraid is way out of your and your cadres ability.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-06-29 23:43

    JZ you just read what others wrote as you are clueless. \Separation of the exec, legislature and judiciary?” Wow, the very same judiciary that you said are not Gods and have started stuffing it with the likes of Moegoeng Mogoeng, your fellow tribal-minded rural boy? Jeff Radebe is also proposing legislation that will bring the legal profession under state control. What does that say about “separation of powers” when lawyers who in future will be appointed to the bench are first answerable to an ANC politician? The ANC is paying lip-service, playing to the gallery as always. Mangaung will be about positions - who must be removed and who must join the feeding trough. As long as JZ is out, I'll be happy. Let the plotting begin!

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-29 23:46

    This is like a re-run of Mugabe's diatribes from the late eighties early nineties. SA is in the dwang unless Zuma and his cohorts are stopped in their tracks - this conference has made that much abundantly clear now.

  • Adam - 2012-06-30 02:32

    Hey zuma dont worry about the wobbly gears, it's the wheels that are falling off.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-06-30 02:43

    Eish Mr President,you are a star in your own galaxy. You say a lot without saying anything. You say things to please the people with whom you are at that moment.You have no idea of what leadership is all about.You have no stance or position on anything. From having braais with Mr Steve Hofmeyer and meeting with all types of always agree with them in a lame statement the next day.Why dont you be a real leader and GIVE IT TO US AS IT IS.then we ALL know where we stand,BLACK AND WHITE.Dont be afraid about not being re-elected at Mangaung, be afraid of what will happen to this country if we dont get a REAL leader.Your deputy so by the way should not be a contender....he does not have the qualities either. PS...dont pass the buck onto other people regarding this new very expensive plane....PUT YOUR FOOD DOWN FOR A CHANGE, BE A LEADER AND SAY......NO !!! Have a lovely crimefree,hungerfree,warm weekend wherever our taxpayers money takes you.

      peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-06-30 02:47

      EISH...SHOULD READ FOOT, NOT FOOD !!!! You will never put your food down !!!!!!!!! Your transmission will never get into any gear without it !!

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-06-30 05:24

    Neutral gear for ever; until you are toppled

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-30 05:49

    Got to admit his speech writer has a sense of humor

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-30 05:53

    Transition from apartheid colonialism ?? The dumb sh*t ANC have f*cked up and again blame their ineptitude on apartheid!! In Africa never accept responsibility for your actions ALWAYS blame someone else!! Typical !!

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-06-30 06:08

    Zuma just reading another fairy tail.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-30 08:55

      Chasing his own hairy tail.

  • Tarone.Net - 2012-06-30 06:57

    “After Mangaung we have got to change gears because our gears have been wobbling,” Zuma said. It is very good to know that Mr Zuma acknowledges that his leadership is questionable, but the change he is proposing should be done at Mangaung not after. I will vote for anything or anyone in this country except Zuma.

      B.b. - 2012-06-30 07:46

      I'm an ANC member, Zuma is not personalising the speech. He is referring to the ANC not anybody. If ANC is a person's brand label, why is there an existance of UDM and COPE? Kwaaaaaa

  • eish.afrika - 2012-06-30 07:55

    Eish! They broke the gears long ago!

  • eish.afrika - 2012-06-30 07:56

    Street Committees??? Interesting that the Nazis had the same thing and then they executed the "night of the long knives" mmmmmmmmm

  • mikenortje - 2012-06-30 09:25

    "At the forefront of this intervention should be strengthening of the recently created state mining company by consolidating state mining assets into a single institution." Run like SAA, Eskom, Transnet, Telkom, etc God help us all in SA

  • Sandile Old-Chum Mnyandu - 2012-06-30 10:18

    this country is messed up coz some white people came here with bad interest. and it amazing how some of our black people r support and caught up in their mind games by believing that the party that has interest for them is the one causing problems. amadla ANC!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-30 11:41

      Mind games? A party that cares for the people? Start counting: How much money is spent on the President an his household each year? How much did the "upgrade" at Nkandla cost? How much is to be paid for the 2 Boeings? How many fruitless trips abroad did ANC cadres do at what cost? How much did all the celebrations/conferences/power games cost? How many millions were stolen from the people by greedy/corrupt ANC politicians? How much did the presidential guest house cost? What was the cost of the "back-up" flights for Zuma? What does each "bluelight" convoy cost? What is the cost of neglect to : Education, Infrastructure, Agriculture, Safety & Security etc? There are many examples. Don't tell me the ANC cares for anyone but themselves. Are you a member? Where do you think the money comes from which turned so many ANC cadres into millionaires? Think they earned it? Or did they just take it from the poor?

  • jacob.molife - 2012-06-30 11:18 sound like Gaddafi's lost ghost which lost its way to zim. U better ask for directions

  • jacob.molife - 2012-06-30 11:18 sound like Gaddafi's lost ghost which lost its way to zim. U better ask for directions

  • jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-06-30 11:59

    "Delegates had resolved to establish a single police service integrating various municipal police departments under the control of the SA Police Service." There goes democracy and competitiveness right there.

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