Hollow call for 'radical transformation' to win back dwindling support - analyst

Political analyst based at University of South Africa (Unisa), Professor Lesiba Teffo, says the African National Congress (ANC) is seeking to re-position itself following losing major metros in the 2016 local government elections.

The ruling party launched its policy discussion documents on Saturday ahead of its policy conference in June.

The nine discussion documents makes various proposals and recognises that the ANC is increasingly losing the trust of the people.

Among other things, the ANC is proposing lifestyle audits of public officials, a return of land, and a new financial support model enabling the poor to access higher education.

What is new to me is that at least there is an honest acknowledgement. Those who have been telling us if you want to re-engineer yourself and become relevant again you must do exactly what they are doing today.

Professor Lesiba Teffo, political analyst based at Unisa

The land question, we have discussed it so many times. Every time it becomes fashionable to talk about it, especially when a liberation movement faces eminent loss of power.

Professor Lesiba Teffo, political analyst based at Unisa

And the recent call by the ANC for radical economic transformation?

In real terms what does that expression mean? Not much. There is not even universal agreement among the followers and top leadership what really the President means when he talks about radical economic transformation.

Professor Lesiba Teffo, political analyst based at Unisa

I don't see anything that suggests there is an understanding or agreement amongst them.

Professor Lesiba Teffo, political analyst based at Unisa

Listen to the audio below for more information on polices proposed by ANC...


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