JOHANNESBURG,As South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) sets out to hold its National Policy Conference here from Friday, the party delegation from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), President Jacob Zuma’s home province, has said that it will call for a major policy review, including land expropriation without compensation, and radical economic transformation.
The KZN ANC structure is also proposing that the majority of ships exporting goods from the country must be South African-owned. The ANC in the province also wants the State to own a stake of at least 30 per cent in all mining companies.
KwaZulu-Natal, which is sending the biggest number of delegates to the ANC’s National Policy Conference, wants the party to take radical steps to deal with the land issue. It will lobby for a resolution to amend the nation’s Constitution so that land can be expropriated without compensation.
ANC Provincial Chairperson Sihle Zikalala said: “We are firm on land expropriation without compensation. As an approach to achieve this we are going to engage that the ANC should lobby all African parties in Parliament to review the Constitution of the country. If that fails, we can go for a referendum.”
On economic transformation, the provincial ANC believes the economy of South Africa remains skewed and is in the hands of white people, in particular white males. It says that while it welcomes the Mining Charter, it believes the State needs to play a prominent role in mining, including holding at least a 30 per cent stake in all mining companies.
Zikalala said it was high time that ships exporting goods from South Africa be locally owned. Currently almost all of these ships are owned and registered in other countries.
“We are saying we must industrialise in the country and that industrialisation include ship manufacturing or ship building. We are saying at least 50 per cent of goods that are exported out of SA should be exported on South African ships so that also we get Africans to get to participate on that space.”
On free education, the KZN ANC will be calling for the acceleration of the implementation of free education. However, Zikalala said the beneficiaries should be those students coming from households where the combined income is less than 600,000 Rand (about 46,140 US dollars) per year.
“We will engage the National Policy Conference that education should become free at least for students whose parents earn than less than 600,000. Tertiary education must be free up to at least for the first degree.”
While the party in the province supports a proposal to amend the ANC constitution to create the position of a second Deputy Secretary General, it rejects calls for the ANC to have two Deputy Presidents. “The issue of two deputy presidents is not going to assist our movement, because we must not create positions for the sake of having individuals attached to positions but there must be responsibilities.”
Meanwhile the National Policy Conference will also reflect on the party’s poor performance in recent local government elections in major metropolitan municipalities such as Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK