ANC WELCOMES GOVERNMENT PROCESS ON #FEESMUSTFALL STUDENTS IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW
27 August 2018
The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, announced a process aimed at assisting students in trouble with the law as a consequence of the 2016 #FeesMustFall protests. The ANC welcomed this intervention and urged all involved to exercise patience and allow relevant legal processes to unfold, while urging government to move with the requisite speed in bringing finality to the matter. The ANC has, since its inception, 106 years ago, been committed to the realisation of free education. This is well articulated in the freedom charter and many of its founding policy documents.
ANC CONCERNED ABOUT SURGE IN ILLICIT FAKE FOOD PRODUCTS
29 August 2018
As the nation was reeling from reports of sale of expired and fake food products to unsuspecting consumers, sporadic incidents of violence targeting small informal shops operated mostly by foreign nationals in our townships were reported. The ANC expressed alarm at this phenomenon and called for swift action by authorities to ensure that such products are removed from the shelves and those found to have wilfully placed people’s lives at harm’s way should face the might of the law. The ANC similarly called for calm and urged communities not to take the law into their own hands, and allow law enforcement authorities to do their work. Swift action by the City of Ekurhuleni of conducting inspections and removing such products was commended as exemplary and should be replicated across the country. The ANC committed to championing the campaign of community activism and encouraged communities to blow the whistle on those who violate the country’s laws governing packaging and sale of food products, wherever it occurs, whether at large retail chains or informal shops in our townships. Such campaign will be conducted in a responsible manner, in partnership with relevant authorities, and discouraging vigilantism.
ANC OUTLINES PERSPECTIVE ON COALITION GOVERNMENT IN THE METROS
30 August 2018
Following the vote of no confidence at the Nelson Mandela Bay which saw the removal of the incumbent DA mayor and a similar vote of no confidence on the cards at the Tshwane Metro, the ANC articulated its perspective on coation governments in the Metros. The ANC’s approach to coalitions is based on a long-term perspective informed by its commitment to transform South Africa into a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society. In this regard, it is the ANC’s firm conviction that local government in the cities, towns and rural areas should be guided by the constitutional mandate to provide basic services to communities, stimulate local economic growth and development and, generally, contribute to the improvement of the lives of citizens, especially the poor. This commitment is grounded on the principles of non-racialism, good governance, ethical conduct and effective leadership. In pursuit of the immediate stabilisation of both the Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane metros where these alliances have collapsed, the ANC has decided to work with parties that share its immediate aims and that are committed to placing these municipalities on a path of recovery, to resolve the immediate challenges. As the ANC traverses this path, it is committed to exercising maximum vigilance to ensure that it is not beholden to any perverse political and material interests.