Eastern Cape ANC 'united' before policy conference
THE Eastern Cape ANC says it's going to this week's national policy conference as a united force and with an open mind to policy proposals.
"We will all be singing from the same hymn sheet going there. We go there with an open mind ... we go there to engage and to seek to influence and be influenced," provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle said at a press conference on Friday.
The press conference comes after the ANC's provincial policy conference that ended last Monday in East London closed without any formal resolutions.
Eastern Cape is the second-largest province attending the national policy conference that starts at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand tomorrow. The province will be sending 439 branch delegates to the national conference. KwaZulu-Natal is the largest province with 509 delegates.
But the two provinces are likely to clash on some proposals to be tabled at the four-day policy conference.
These include the "second transition" document, that refers to a second era of democracy with the focus on social and economic transformation of South Africa over the next 30 to 50 years, and the nationalisation of mines. They differ on both proposals.
Referring to the "second transition", Masualle said this "catchy expression", which has been endorsed by KwaZulu-Natal, might have a limiting effect.
"It might give an impression that there has been this particular phase and therefore there is going to be another phase. Otherwise we see a continuum of struggle," he said.
On economic transformation he said Eastern Cape backed the nationalisation of mines "if it made economic sense".
On land reform Masualle said foreigners should not own land. "It should be that foreign citizens can on a lease basis occupy and use our land."
Meanwhile, the province would not take the spousal benefits of the president's wives to the conference.
Masualle confirmed that one member had expressed the view in the commissions that the state should look after only one wife of President Jacob Zuma.