ANC continues to lead: MKMVA

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The African National Congress continues to provide sound policy for South Africa, the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) said in a statement yesterday. The MKMVA held a special national executive committee meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday andSunday to deliberate on the ANC’s policy conference, which begins tomorrow. “All these documents correctly capture the aspirations of our people, and it represents an honest assessment of the challenges facing our movement and society in general,” the MKMVA said. The association felt there was nothing wrong with the content of the discussion document called “The Second Transition: Building a national democratic society and the balance of forces in 2012”. In the document, the ANC suggests entering a second era of democracy focusing on the social and economic transformation of South Africa over the next 30 to 50 years. “There’s nothing wrong with the content of this thesis, but further work needs to be done.”

There’s nothing wrong with the content of this thesis, but further work needs to be done

The association said economic transformation had to be deepened. The overwhelming view of the MKMVA and its members was that it should be accorded the same status as other leagues within the ANC. “The ANC must develop a coherent policy on exhumation, repatriation and reburials so as to accord dignity and honour to its fallen heroes,” the association said. It would also fully cooperate with an internal audit to be conducted by the ANC. Meanwhile, the ANC recognises that it is facing a credibility crisis and needs to find a solution at its policy conference in Midrand this week. The ANC’s National Conference in Polokwane in 2007 and national general council in 2010 identified renewal as critical to its survival. The 2012 discussion document continues the debate. According to the ANC’s strategy paper, they have not succeeded in effectively dealing with factionalism and ill-discipline. It says the decay needs to be stopped before it becomes irreversible. The paper says the ANC needs to change from a resistance movement to an effective governing party that succeeds in deepening democracy.

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