As the African National Congress (ANC) starts to deal with its policies on Monday, there are deep divisions amongst party leaders on white monopoly capital, radical economic transformation and land reform amongst other issues.
The party spent the first two days of the conference assessing the state of the organisation as they discussed the ANC’s organisational renewal document.
Delegates will from today start debating the party’s policies.
Is it white monopoly capital, or just monopoly capital? Should land be expropriated without compensation? What is radical economic transformation?
These are the questions the ANC will need to answer over the next few days as party leaders differ on the issues.
For example, Mpumalanga ANC chairperson David Mabuza believes that white monopoly capital exists.
“Most of these big companies that you see running the country, even mining and all the sectors - these are white companies.”
Limpopo ANC chairperson Stan Mathabatha doesn’t think so.
“Capital will never have colour but a capitalist will have colour.”
While Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile agrees with his Limpopo counterpart, KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala is adamant that white monopoly capital is the enemy o fthe national democratic revolution.
The provincial leaders also don’t agree on the content of radical economic transformation with some calling for consistency on the ANC’s policies and others, a radical shift.