Qaanitah Hunter- Cii News (July 2, 2012)
There was nothing new and innovative that came out of the ANC policy conference which ended on Friday.
This is according to political analyst, Professor Lesiba Tefo, who said that most of the policies were those that were decided upon five or ten years ago.
President Jacob Zuma said in Midrand on Friday, that ANC members agreed on the need for a radical economic and transformation program.
Tefo said President Zuma called the policies radical because he realized that there was nothing new proposed.
“The name is different but the concept remains the same,” he said.
The professor said that top ANC officials need to explain in clear and concise words as to what exactly they are trying to achieve, as he noted that there is no consensus to what the outcome of the policy discussions were.
“They need to cut to the bone, they must use simple language to explain,” Tefo said.
The ANC’s four-day policy conference had come to a “fruitful and successful” conclusion on Friday evening, said Zuma.
“Perhaps the modus operandi is that if it is given more fire, more power, more impetus than it will be different,” Tefo said, but refuted this sentiment by saying that the president should appoint the right people to the various positions.
He said if Zuma wants a radical shift, he should rule out profiteering from the poor.
“He needs to put the civil in the public service,” Tefo said.
He further expressed that the ANC policy conference was a ‘dress rehearsal’ towards the elective conference in Mangaung in December.
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