Limpopo ANC rejects 'second transition'
THE ANC in Limpopo has become the second province in a week to reject the 'second transition' discussion document to be debated at the party's policy conference later this month.
Limpopo follows in the footsteps of Gauteng, which also came out against the idea - although for a different reason.
This follows President Jacob Zuma's campaign for support of the idea of a "second transition".
Addressing Nehawu's policy conference on Sunday, Zuma tried to persuade delegates to support the policy. The policy document suggests that for the past 18 years the ANC had focused on laying a political foundation. The "second transition", to be pursued vigorously after the elective conference in Mangaung, would tackle the issue of transforming the economy.
Gauteng dismissed the idea as "neither persuasive nor theoretically sound", instead labelling it "an expression of impatience".
"We are not convinced that the introduction of this thesis helps us to respond strategically, consistently and adequately to the persistent fault-lines of unemployment, poverty and inequality."
In its policy resolutions - reached at the weekend's provincial general council - Limpopo said it did not agree with the separation of political and economic life.
"Whilst we do not subscribe to the mechanical separation of political and economic transitions, we, however, believe the time has come for progressive South Africans under the leadership of the ANC to tackle the growing class inequalities rooted in unequal access to productive economic resources such as land, mines and banks," the statement read.
Limpopo's sentiments echo those of the ANC Youth League, which released a joint statement along with the South African Students Congress.
"We reject the mechanical binary that the second transition draws between political and economic transformation," the statement read.
"This document misguidedly claims that the past 18 years should be viewed as a period for democratisation [political transition] and that the next 30 to 50 years should be dedicated to thorough-going socio-economic transformation in the country."
Meanwhile, Limpopo has called on national government to put an end to its decision to place the province under Section 100 administration. It said that the intervention was no longer relevant.
"It is our view that the placing of the province under Section 100 has outlived its relevance and therefore must be ended with immediate effect," the province said.
Limpopo was placed under administration after it was discovered that the provincial government was billions of rands in debt.