ANC split on what radical economic transformation entails
ANC battle lines are drawn
Discussion documents released ahead of the ANC’s policy conference suggest a party at odds with itself. The policy battle is likely to give an indication of who will emerge as party president in December
A hotly contested ANC policy conference is on the cards in June after criticism that the party’s discussion documents were tame compared with the rhetoric from its dominant faction on ushering in "radical economic transformation". President Jacob Zuma and his backers sound like Julius Malema in their new-found radicalism, while those who penned the party’s policy papers appear not to have got the memo. ANC head of economic transformation Enoch Godongwana on Sunday conceded that the policy meeting on June 30 will likely be fiery. "Obviously, this is going to be highly contested in the policy conference," he said. "It’s not something new — ANC conferences are robust." The first real indication of the so-called "balance of forces" in the ANC — in terms of who will emerge as its next president in December — will be the debates and outcomes of the policy conference. Each candidate contesting — so far the serious contenders are deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union Com...