Two ANC camps of one mind on policies

Recent clashes between supporters of Thabo Mbeki and those of newly elected ANC president Jacob Zuma do not mean the two camps differ on policy issues, ANC national executive member Joel Netshitenzhe said yesterday.

Recent clashes between supporters of Thabo Mbeki and those of newly elected ANC president Jacob Zuma do not mean the two camps differ on policy issues, ANC national executive member Joel Netshitenzhe said yesterday.

"There are no differences about the direction [the ANC] should take in the next ten years," he said

Netshitenzhe said that delegates on Wednesday unanimously adopted the movement's strategy and tactics policy documents that set out the party's political vision and broad plan was evidence there would not be any substantive changes in the ruling party's policies, irrespective of changes in leadership.

"There would be more emphasis on certain matters but there will be no fundamental overhaul on policies and what the ANC stands for," Netshitenzhe said.

Components of the policy adopted by conference included guidelines regulating the relationship between the ruling party and business.

Netshitenzhe said the ruling party had a developmental agenda to address inequalities inherited from the apartheid era.

While it was in their interest to create conditions conducive for businesses to be profitable, the ANC-led government had to ensure businesses practices were in line with the country's broad objectives.

Other policies included singling out groups and individuals deemed to be enemies of the ANC liberation movement such as the Boeremag.

"These are forces that will use underhanded methods to subvert the state and the ANC."

Netshitenzhe dismissed suggestions the ANC could use this to clamp down on opposition parties.

"Opponents are opponents - they operate within the framework of the constitution and remain a legitimate South African school of thought," he said.

Asked whether tensions between the Mbeki and Zuma camps would result in the party's policies not being implemented by government, Netshitenzhe said: "Everyone in the movement agrees on policies that need to be implemented." - Sapa

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