Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
The ANC policy conference is taking place during the 52nd anniversary of the Freedom Charter. The charter is a historic and strategic document that the party adopted in Kliptown to spell out its vision of a free and just country for all South Africans.
In determining the success of the ANC government and the party's commitment to human dignity, it is imperative to measure these achievements against the vision of the Freedom Charter.
The clause stating that the wealth of the country would be distributed among all the people of South Africa has made no difference to poor people. Instead, only a few black elite have benefited from the government's economic policies.
Sustainable jobs, especially among the youth, remains a huge challenge.
The slow pace in service delivery undermines the dignity of the people and is also a violation of our constitution.
Violent crime is rampant and the scourge is taking our country backwards. Crime has a negative impact on our economic and social liberation.
The confrontation between the police and our communities over service delivery compromises the partnership between the government and the people.
Because of all these factors, the ANC must introspectively identify and strengthen the failures of the government and the ANC during its national policy conference.
But this introspection cannot be done without taking the charter into consideration. Our leaders should start taking the charter seriously if they want to overcome the challenges confronting our society.
Most importantly, our communities should not be seen as the enemies of our democracy when they express their dissatisfaction with the way in which the government does things in South Africa.
The ANC also needs to be careful that it does not nurture and elect leaders of the calibre of Stalin.
Sizwe Nyenyiso, Pretoria