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Lekgotla's 'war on poverty'

By unknown | Jul 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

Though he still has one more cabinet lekgotla to convene next January, President Thabo Mbeki made it clear that he is wrapping up his duties before handing over power in about eight months' time.

Speaking to the media yesterday after last week's cabinet lekgotla, Mbeki said the lekgotla had spent some time reviewing progress on the "24 Apex Priorities" outlined in his state of the nation address earlier in the year .

These include expanding the public works programmes, providing employment subsidies for job creation and improving education and training, among other things.

Mbeki also announced that the lekgotla had approved a draft framework for a National Food Control Agency (NFCA) .

Mbeki said the NFCA would be a more permanent body than the pricing committee set up by government some time ago.

"The agency has to study this phenomenon [high prices] continuously to recommend to government what can be done," Mbeki said.

But he ruled out zero rating more basic foodstuffs, saying that the government had already "made comments on this".

This is sure to anger Cosatu who is set to strike again on August 6 if the government does not meet its demands for a freeze on food prices, more zero rated foodstuffs and the establishment of a food price regulator to determine all future food prices.

Meanwhile, the lekgotla decided to launch a War on Poverty campaign next month.

According to Mbeki "the most deprived wards and households have been identified and will be visited . to identify needs and to accelerate access to government services".

Mbeki did not give any targets for how many households would be lifted out of poverty by this campaign but said the campaign would include "motivating each household to make its contribution to the struggle against poverty".

Mbeki also announced that he had appointed Deputy Justice Minister Johnny de Lange to begin work immediately on doing "whatever is necessary to improve the [criminal justice] system".

Mbeki said that problems in the criminal justice system include the police not having the capacity to investigate crimes. The poor quality of detective work, "then impacts on the quality of the cases that prosecutors take to court".


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