A resolution by the African National Congress commissions that the party should not use the phrase white monopoly capital to describe problems in the economy has been perceived by some as a rejection of President Jacob Zuma and his camp.
Political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi says however this is an incorrect reading of the debate.
On Tuesday, 9 of its 11 commissions said that capital is a global phenomenon that manifests itself in many ways across the globe.
This after supporters of the President wanted the party to adopt the phrase white monopoly capital when defining the economy.
A lot of the people who support Zuma who are here, may not be people who are interested in the policy discussion and therefore were outgunned by the other side because they were out argued because the other side is interested in the policy and ideological argument, and therefore the disjuncture you have is that at the policy conference you may win the argument but lose the vote in December.— Aubrey Matshiqi, politcal analyst
The CR17 side may speak in sophisticated conceptual terms but may not be reaching the ordinary delegate who will be at the conference in December and what will matter is the fact that when it comes to the ballot box, people do not vote in English.— Aubrey Matshiqi, politcal analyst
They can both claim victory because the conference acknowledges the existence of white monopoly capital but rejects the idea of using the term.— Aubrey Matshiqi, politcal analyst
Meanwhile Steven Friedman says the conference has managed to position factions within the party.
I am not sure that this is about solutions at this stage, I think it is about positioning factions within the ANC.— Steven Friedman, political analyst and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy
We are a long way from a policy...even if resolutions are passed at the end of the year, those have to go through the government system and nowhere in the world does a government party resolution simply become government policy.— Steven Friedman, political analyst and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy
Anybody who starts reading off what is going to happen in the economy is being way too premature, a lot of steps would have to be gone through before any of this actually becomes concrete economic policy.— Steven Friedman, political analyst and director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy
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