Blow to JZ 'second transition'
THE ANC in Western Cape has become the latest provincial structure to reject the ruling party's "second transition" document.
Presenting the outcomes of the provincial general council (PGC) to journalists in Cape Town yesterday, secretary Songezo Mjongile and chairman Marius Fransman said branches had resolved that there should be no "disjuncture between the economic and political struggle".
The "second transition" document, which calls on the ANC to focus more on social and economic transformation over the next 30 to 50 years - as compared with focusing on political change over the last 18 years - has been the subject of intense debate in a number of provinces.
It has been flatly rejected in Limpopo, Gauteng and North West - and reports say Eastern Cape also opposes it.
The rejection of the document by another province is a blow to President Jacob Zuma's bid for re-election as ANC president.
The document has also been questioned by his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, who is now said to be ready to challenge Zuma for the the top ANC position.
Mjongile said the document needed to draw from the pillars of the National Democratic Revolution that there should be no disjuncture between the economic and political struggle.
Fransman said: "The political and economic transformation was also critically part of the revolution. So what we are saying is that as Western Cape we are reaffirming that perspective ... our struggle was always one for political, economic and social transformation."
The PGC also wants delegates at the ANC policy conference next week to re-look the composition of provinces with a view to reducing them.