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Drought, economy, corruption, land expropriation discussed at ANC ECape summit

Aug 21, 2018
Drought, economy, corruption, land expropriation discussed at ANC ECape summit

Following its mid-term Lekgotla and Land Summit, the African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape on Monday said that the policy of land expropriation without compensation is a resolution that was taken at the party's 54th National Conference in December, which needs to be implemented.

The two-day summit, which began on Sunday, was held at the East London ICC.

"We had fruitful deliberations which resulted in key resolutions on key interventions between now and the end of term," said ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, speaking on the ANC PEC Lekgotla and Land Summit.

"We now approach the 2018/19 budget adjustment period and the planning processes for the 2019/20 financial year with a clear mandate from the ANC.

"Our responsibility as deployees in government is to implement decisions of the ANC. The ANC is the strategic centre of power, that is something we must always remember in our everyday work in government and other areas of deployment."

Mabuyane said that amongst the key resolutions taken was that a budget must be set aside to assist district municipalities to complete all outstanding water works projects in order to deal with water and waste leaks that affects infrastructure projects and roads.

"We leave this Lekgotla with priorities that include water supply, fast-tracking of housing development and or maintenance of proclaimed roads, provision of houses starting with the and provisioning of electricity.

"We resolved that we must intensify support for municipalities that have low revenue base – find revenue mechanism. Strengthen planning commission with mandate of long term planning and monitoring capacity – ensure that there is streamlined planning between Locals and District," he described.

"Here comrades, we agreed that Cabinet must establish a Ministerial team lead by the Premier to coordinate and drive all catalytic and mega projects in the province. We must support emerging economic initiatives through reducing the red tape within governance systems and decision-making processes of government.

"Broadband connectivity and accessibility in the Province can no longer be delayed, we must ensure this is done before the end of the fifth administration."

Mabuyane said it was time to be firm on corruption.

"This is something we will always emphasise until we root out corruption in the public and private sectors. Those who are found on the wrong side of law must be arrested and recused from occupying any positions of responsibility either in government or in the organisation," he added.

"This will help us restore the integrity and image of the ANC in society."

Mabuyane said that the Land summit also helped the party in shaping a coherent message on the question of land.

"The ANC cannot afford to have incoherent messages on the question of land, especially as we approach the 2019 national general elections.

"Land expropriation without compensation is a resolution of the 54th National Conference held last year in Nasrec. The National Conference is the highest decision-making organ and therefore no structure or individual is above the National Conference," he described.

"The National Conference was unambiguous in providing the strategic direction of the question of land, our responsibility is to implement the National Conference resolution. Ayilo xesha lobuza imibuzo, lixesha lokwenza masingahambi sidlala sithunyiwe."