Controversial ANC second transition document endorsed

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Delegates at the ANC policy conference have endorsed the second transition document, but have renamed it to the second phase of transition. Briefing the media, ANC head of policy Jeff Radebe says few areas in the document will be changed but the content will likely stay the same. He says the commissioners have agreed that progress has been made in dealing with some socio-economic issues facing the country, but there is still work to be done to adequately address them. One of the drafters of the documents, Tony Yengeni, says the plenary discussions have enriched the documents. “We now have a central point where we can rotate from.” Yengeni also says that they are convinced about the direction that they are now taking to solve some of the socio-economic issues facing the country. On the face-off between pro-Zuma and pro-Motlanthe members, Radebe says that there is no such division in the ANC.He reiterated that the approved document is not a “Zuma document” but an ANC document. He clarified that the President had no hand in drafting the document, but it was done by the NEC members. Yengeni emphasised that it is extremely mischievous of people to assume that the second transition document was linked to Zuma’s second term. “The document has nothing to do with the ANC elections.” Yengeni says they will continue to refine the document and take it to the ANC elective conference in Mangaung in the Free State for adoption later this year.


– By Palesa Kobedi, Midrand