Redistributive policy

No major new thinking to come from ANC policy conference despite economic challenges: Booysen – SABC News

The ANC’s National Policy Conference was meant to engage in “major new thinking” on the back of the economic, socio-economic and fiscal issues, among others, facing the country. That’s according to policy analyst Susan Booysen, who says that in reviewing the policy discussion papers, it’s evident that no major policy shifts to address these challenges should be expected from the current conference.

“It’s a feeling that I’ve also picked up from policy documents, that it’s about tweaking, refining, fixing here and there, but not major new policies and it’s fascinating because it’s t is a country that is going through such a big crisis in so many ways,” says Booysen.

Booysen warned that wWhatever the resolution of the conference comes to the controversial opt-out rule, branches could yet come up with new positions on the issue and challenge it, at the ANC’s elective conference in December.

One of the major issues the ANC seeks to deliberate on during its 6e political conferencing is the party’s way of attracting the middle and working class into its structures.

Booysen says it is a serious accusation against the party to feel the middle class is no longer in its ranks.

Recently, former President Thabo Mbeki lambasted the ANC for not having an economic plan to fight poverty and unemployment.

Speaking at the memorial service for the late ANC Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte, Mbeki said: “As I stand here, we do not have an agreed national plan to address these challenges. Comrade President Cyril Ramaphosa, when he addressed the State of the Nation in February, was where he said that in 100 days there must be a comprehensive social pact to settle these issues. Nothing happened. I say, to honor Comrade Jessie’s legacy, we have to do something about it.

Booysen says he is wealthy coming from Mbeki, under which the economic policy of Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR) was adopted. She says the policy got the country nowhere and Ramaphosa only followed “in a gradual, cumulative way within the economic policies that were already in place.”