Push to give Presidency more power not a snub to Treasury - Duarte

The ANC has launched its policy discussion documents for its conference in June.

On Sunday, the party held a briefing with chairpersons of the various National Executive Committee (NEC) sub committees.

There are various proposals in the nine discussion documents, including the Presidency at the "strategic centre of power" in a bid to control policy direction and resource allocation.

ANC deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte explains that this proposal is not an attempt to grant President Jacob Zuma more power or sideline National Treasury.

This is not asking for more powers for the individual. It's asking for more resources to be given to what already exists in the Presidency at the moment.

Jesse Duarte, ANC deputy secretary general

Duarte advises that the emphasis would be on monitoring and evaluation in addition to policy design and implementation.

She says that the purpose would be to close the gaps and minimise the overlaps in government's various structures and departments.

I don't think this is an argument against Treasury at all. This an argument for better co-ordination between government departments.

Jesse Duarte, ANC deputy secretary general

Duarte details how the Presidency's powers would play out and which policies will be prioritised going forward.

Listen as Duarte criticises non-performing members:


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