IN A year of deep political turmoil and debilitating navel-gazing, the ANC is set to go through the motions of another policy conference this weekend.
Policy is critical. Even poor leadership can be offset against prudent and pragmatic policy-making. Unfortunately, for some time now both leadership and policy have either been missing, deficient or simply derelict.
Historically, ANC policy conferences have largely mirrored the ideological strains within the broader alliance. Ultimately, it has usually been about finding a compromise between those seeking rhetorical adherence to the reinterpretation of the Freedom Charter and those putting a brake on more ‘populist’ interpretations and taking a more market-friendly approach.