[Marxism] A.N.C., Admitting Failures, Weighs How to Lift South Africans

Patrick Bond pbond at mail.ngo.za
Wed Jun 27 10:47:23 MDT 2012

Am debating this right now on the main Joburg radio station with a top 

I usually disagree with this guy, but on 'talk left walk right', he has 
it right:

On 6/27/2012 6:29 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> ...
> “There is going to be lots of fairly radical rhetoric, and the actual 
> proposals are going to be actually quite meek and mild,” Mr. Friedman 
> said. “This has been the pattern all along.”

Here's the latest from the ANC's conference:

Zuma's second transition rejected by ANC commissions

Insiders say the second transition document championed by President 
Jacob Zuma was rejected, dealing a blow to his re-election campaign.

The majority of the 11 commissions on the ANC's strategy and tactics 
policy discussion document on Tuesday rejected the second transition 

The M&G was reliably told by more than eight ANC delegates – from both 
the Zuma and Kgalema Motlanthe camps – who attended different 
commissions on strategy and tactics that the document championed by Zuma 
as the party's answer to the country's economic and social problems was 
flatly dismissed. Motlanthe has publicly rejected the idea of the second 
transition – prompting angry reactions from Zuma and his close allies, 
including ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

The second transition dominated debate during the first and second day 
of the ANC's policy conference, with Zuma telling delegates during his 
opening address on Tuesday that the country has completed the first 
transition – which was mainly about political freedom – and now needed 
to shift into the second transition, which focuses on economic and 
social transformation.

Zuma told journalists on Tuesday he was having "sleepless nights" 
worrying about people who were still living in squalor 18 years after 
the dawn of democracy.

He said the second transition was necessitated by the triple challenges 
– inequality, poverty and unemployment – facing South Africa.

ANC insiders told the M&G the second transition was rejected on the 
basis that it was "theoretically unsound" and too far a departure from 
the party's 2007 strategy and tactics document that guided the movement 
on its national democratic revolution.

ANC's an open book, says Zuma ahead of closed policy sessions

   Delegates also complained the language used in the document – which 
Motlanthe described as Marxist jargon – was incomprehensible to many 
ordinary delegates and it lacked concrete plans to take forward the 
vision as punted by Zuma.
In what appeared to be a pre-emptive strike, Zuma on Tuesday sought to 
distance himself from the second transition document despite the fact 
that he used it as a campaign ticket during the recent provincial ANC 
and union conferences.

During commissions at the policy conference, Zuma's home province, 
Kwazulu-Natal and Mpumalanga tried hard to push for the second 
transition document to be adopted as policy.

ANC policy head Jeff Radebe said at a press briefing on Wednesday 
delegates were debating whether to adopt a new "fully-fledged" strategy 
and tactics document or to make amendments to the existing one.

The conference was expected to resolve on proposed resolutions on Thursday.

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