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ANC Western Cape Provincial General Council Resolutions

ANC Western Cape Provincial General Council Resolutions

26 June 2000

About 500 African National Congress delegates met in Khayelitsha on Saturday 24 June for a provincial general council meeting. The discussions were part of an ongoing process which would culminate in the ANC`s national general council in Port Elizabeth next month. At the meeting, ANC Western Cape leader Ebrahim Rasool called on the New National Party to work with the ANC as "a party of coloureds".

"The real choice facing the NNP is whether they should pretend to be a national organisation of whites and coloureds, or whether they become a party of coloureds and together with the ANC drive a programme of transformation," he said.

"The DP (Democratic Party) should be left to become the haven for those whites who hold onto their ill-gotten privileges, refuse to share with the poor and define themselves outside of the new nation."

The ANC called for a national debate on economic policy, and discuss ways to end taxi violence in the province.

For any media enquiies, contact: Gert Witbooi, Provincial Media Officer: 082-570-9118.

PROPOSED RESOLUTIONS

ANC as an Agent for Change

Introduction

In responding the discussion paper and taking into account the discussion in the different regions, this resolution aims to the following areas, with the view to responding to the challenges put before us an agent for change;

  1. The ANC as an organsiation (internal matters)
  2. Governance matters

The ANC (internal matters)

Noting:

  • That we remain committed to the resolutions passed at the Mafikeng Conference on the building of the organsiation.
  • We remain committed to the notion that the character of the ANC is that of a liberation movement.
  • Our forms and practices are premised on the notion of democratic centralism in the organsiation.
  • Our role in the international community remains central to our understanding of being a change agent.

Further noting:

  • That our organisation is generally weak at all levels, particularly at a branch level;
  • That not all ANC members are members of branches.
  • That the weaknesses refer to the quality and quantity of our members, our inability to respond to the needs of poor people, our support base;
  • That the level of discipline is at a low throughout the organisation
  • Communication in the organisation is weak and this gives rise to a disjuncture between the different levels of the organisation on key policy matters
  • Our organisation systems are generally weak this give rise to low levels of efficiency and bottlenecks
  • Political education remain ongoing in the organisation The organisation is not financially sustainable.

Resolving

  • That all members of the ANC must be active members of branches
  • That branch activities must be monitored by regions and provinces
  • That ANC veterans with their wealth of experience should be utilised in branches and in the movement in general
  • Re-enact the culture of taking the oath publicly when joining the ANC
  • Ensure the maintenance of our values as a disciplined organisation
  • Agree on measures to improve communication between all levels of organisation Enrich the notion of collective leadership.

Alliance

  • Build further capacity of branches with on going inductions on policy, topical and organisational matters
  • Branches must become part of policy reviews and inform government on these issues
  • Political education must remain a key task and political school is central to this
  • We must work on a medium to long term programme to make the organisation financially sustainable
  • The organsiation must standardise branch agendas and insist the community issues are part of the organisation
  • Our delivery must be communicated to the masses and we must review our delivery at regularly intervals
  • The leadership role of the ANC in the alliance must be strengthened and our responsibility must be taken serious.

Governance

Noting

  • Elements of the state machinery continue to be in the hands of the opposition
  • The disjuncture between the state and the organisation at the level of policy and implementation
  • The role and functions of the different levels of governments in the context of our responsibilities as a change agent require our attention
  • The role and responsibilities of deployed comrades at different levels of the organisation and the state remains a key challenge
  • The role of the ANC as the leader of the alliance in dealing with policy matters at a public and organisational level are perceived to be problematic.

Resolving

  • That urgent measures be instituted to redress the face, efficiency and responsiveness of the state machinery
  • Monitor and supporting the performance of deployed cadres in governance
  • Develop mechanisms to involve branches and structures of the movement in the formulation and policy review process
  • Review the powers and functions of provincial governments with the view of strengthening local government as the main delivery agent.

RESOLUTION ON ECONOMIC POLICY

That this Provincial General Council Noting:

  1. That while the movement has gained power in the political sphere, its influence over the economy remains weak.
  2. That the performance of the economy remains sluggish.
  3. That our people continue to confront acute problems of poverty and unemployment.
  4. That the policy measures adopted to date, including cautious fiscal and monetary policies, have not been sufficient to place the economy on a path of growth and developments.

Calls on the NGC to initiate a national debate on new approaches to accelerate growth and development, including:

RESOLUTION

  1. By encouraging and ensuring the banks and other resources are available to entrepreneurs and other players from the historically disadvantaged communities.
  2. By ensuring that the State, at all three tiers of governance, exercises affirmative action programmes with respect to appointments, licencing, tenders, ii. and contracts
  3. That learners and trainers from the historically disadvantaged communities have equal and adequate access to technical colleges and technikons.
  4. New initiatives in relation to financial institutions to bring them in line with national priorities and release of more resources for development
  5. A stronger leadership and co-ordination role for government in development and implementation of sectoral strategies
  6. A review of fiscal and monetary policies to ensure a more effective alignment of macro economic policies with a broader economic transformation programme.

ON MOTIVE FORCES

Noting that;

While agreeing that the ANC must remain a broad national liberation movement and must continue to based on and mobilise a broad range of motive forces to accelerate the NDR;

Expresses the view that the working class, women, youth and the poor must continue to remain the primary motive forces.

Believes therefore that:

The advance of the NDR requires a further shift in the balance of forces in favour of the poor and disadvantaged.

And calls on the NGC.

  1. To actively promote a redirection of policies and resources in favour of the poorest of the poor
  2. To promote effective organisation among the least organised of the poorest strata including the unemployed, rural women and farm workers

ON STRATEGIC TASKS

Noting that

The nine strategic tasks identified to successfully achieve the strategic objective of the NDR of creating a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society are to some extent incomplete and repetitious for example; there is no strategic task dealing with the concepts of non racialism (deratialisation), non-sexism nation building and reconciliation, and how the attainment thereof is to be achieved.

Resolves

To review, rationalise and amend the nine strategic tasks identified to exhaustively reflect the strategic task of the movement to achieve our strategic objective in this phase of our transition and beyond

ON THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE STATE

Noting;

  1. that a strong, effective, democratic developmental and interventionist state is essential to advance the NDR
  2. that the transformation of the State in this direction is a priority task that is as yet incomplete , therefore calls on the NGC to;

Resolve To

  1. Accelerating the transformation of the public service and departments to overcome obstructionism and develop a new cadre of progressive, efficient public servants,
  2. Developing a more effective interaction between the state and the motive forces through promoting institutional mechanisms to facilitate people driven policies and programmes and the mobilisation of people in development.
  3. Ensuring greater accountability of cadres deployed in the public sector.
  4. Strengthening the capacity of the State to assume a greater leadership role capable of setting the agenda on social economic policies.
  5. Sustain a hegemonic profile for the state in the socio-economic sphere and ensuring a more favourable balance of forces in relation to private capital.

UPROOTING THE DEMON OF RACISM

Believing

  1. That racism is a power relationship between former oppressed and former oppressors, which is sustained and supported by an ideology of racism, racist superiority and effected by discriminatory practices.
  2. That the ideology though rooted in material relations of power can take on a life of its own through socialisation of people and their lived existence.
  3. That both the former oppressor and the oppressed had internalised the ideology of racism and racist practices, ideas and behaviour can continue even after institutionalised racism has been abolished.

Noting:

  1. The ANC discussion document entitled the Uprooting The Demon of Racism
  2. The 1997 Mafikeng Conference resolution on the National Question
  3. the speech of the President of the ANC and the country on Reconciliation and National Building in May 1998
  4. The intolerable enforcement of racism meted against farm workers by farmers
  5. That racism is particularly rife in the Western Cape.

Resolve

  1. To uproot the demon of racism requires political action to transform our economy and create equal opportunities amongst South Africans.
  2. That such a campaign should be supported by education both at a formal and informal level, in the home and in the community.
  3. That the publicly owned media such as the SABC, should consciously take on the task of educating the South African public especially the youth on non-racialism and anti-racism.
  4. That banks should be challenged to enable the poor majority especially women to have access to loans and reasonable repayment schemes.
  5. To challenge employers to put in place skills development programmes in order to equip oppressed people to enter the labour market at basic wage rate.
  6. To challenge the education system to open the doors of learning to all and to have the same standard of education which is not based on the affordability of parents.
  7. To progressively work towards transforming the State and property relations in society.
  8. Local government should implement integrated development and settlement planning as a means of integrating our communities.
  9. To actively work towards the exposure of racist practices particularly in the Western Cape.
  10. Enforce the laws that criminalise the use of racist terminology.

SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS

JUDICIARY, ITS INDEPENDENCE AND TRANSFORMATION

Noting:

  1. The tragic and untimely death of the first black Chief Justice of the democratic South Africa, his tremendous contribution in leading the judiciary towards one suited to a modern democracy, a constitutional state that recognises human rights, equality and justice as well as his relentless efforts in creating legitimacy for the judiciary.
  2. His opposition to unjust laws and his ability to find that the rational for law is justice and morality.
  3. His remarkable life as an activist, jurist and thinker, deeply concerned with the destiny of our country and continent.
  4. The commitment by the ANC government to ensure judicial independence, as guaranteed in our constitution.

Recognising

  1. That Ismail Mohammed was a rare citizen whose life`s impact will continue to impact upon us long beyond his physical demise;
  2. An increasing public confidence and trust in our judiciary;
  3. Section 180 of the constitution which recognises the need for lay participation, through legislative enactments in the judiciary

Resolving:

  1. To celebrate the life of Ismail Mohammed as a distinguished jurist of the democratic South Africa.
  2. That the judicial service commissions speed up the transformation of the judiciary by ensuring appropriate representative and progressive appointments.
  3. That the 1997 National Conference Resolution on Justice be speeded up.

TAXI CONFLICT

This Provincial General Council hereby extends its condolences to the families and relatives of all of those who have died as a result of the present conflict. We admire and respect those who in the face of tremendous challenge and risking of their own lives have remained committed to the rendering of a service to our commuters.

Noting that:

  1. The present conflict has been prevailing for the past three months. That this has been characterised by the loss of life, passengers being put at risk with others injured, commuters being left stranded and just generally that all those who rely on public transport, the working class in particular, are being called upon to sacrifice and to endure tremendous suffering;
  2. The very right of our people to select their own mode of transport has been severely compromised, in fact, undermined;
  3. The Western Cape Provincial Government (NNP / DP Coalition) has failed the people of this province dismally both in commitment and deed. It has failed to deal with and to resolve the conflict. It does not to take an interest in the fact that we are now into the season of winter, that our people have to walk long distances, that our children arrive late at school, their parents late at work and that lives are being lost in the process. Just generally, it is not bothered by the level of disruption of community life in the affected areas;
  4. COSATU and its affiliates have lodged a Section 77 dispute in the defence of its membership who are being subjected to disciplinary processes at the workplace due to the late arrival at work given the conflict.

Believing that:

  1. Our present phase of transition is one which carries with it tremendous challenges and which holds many dangers. To have peace and stability prevail is to contribute to the process of transition and to deepen and defend our revolutionary gains and advances made. To have instability and lawlessness is to put democracy at risk;
  2. The present conflict requires strong and decisive political leadership. The Coalition Government has failed the Western Cape in this regard. When the conflict escalated in areas such Nyanga, Guguletu, Langa and Khayelitsha its response was and continues to be a lack of police resources blaming National Government. But when the high level of frustration and anguish on the part of the bus drivers led to bus blockades on the N1 and the N2 next to certain affluent (historically white) areas it was quick to respond and to arrest bus drivers. It then had no problem with the availibility of police for the task. This speaks of inconsistency in approach;
  3. Commuters have the right to choose their mode of transport. This is a right and has to be defended. The Provincial Government is under a moral and legal duty to protect this and to rise to the responsibility.

WE THEREFORE RESOLVE THAT:

  1. The violence and intimidation as prevalent at present stand condemned in the strongest possible terms by this PGC;
  2. Peace and stability must prevail and be restored without delay. All steps necessary to ensure law and order must be taken;
  3. All public transport providers must denounce violence and intimidation from whichever quarter it might emanate;
  4. Perpetrators of violence and killings must meet up with the full might of the law. They should be arrested and charged without delay;
  5. All commuters have the right to choose their mode of transport. This right and the choices made must be respected and protected;
  6. The Provincial Government must now resolve the problems in the industry and in particular the long outstanding matters of special legalisation of the remaining illegal operators and the transformation of the local Road Transportation Board.
  7. The Provincial Minister for community safety must ensure safety of our communities.
  8. The National Government should intervene appropriately and in accordance with constitutional provisions as the Provincial Government has failed to discharge and perform its responsibilities.

Issued by African National Congress Western Cape

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