South Africa 23.6.2014 06:00 am

‘Unelected’ ANC allies block NDP

FILE PICTURE: Western Cape premier Helen Zille. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: Western Cape premier Helen Zille. Picture: Alaister Russell

DA leader Helen Zille has accused ANC alliance partners – Cosatu in particular – of demanding the power to veto government policy without a voter mandate.

Writing in SA Today, Zille said although about 90% of voters voted for parties that endorse the National Development Plan (NDP), its implementation is being blocked by organisations that did not even stand for election.

“This is untenable in a democracy,” she said in the newsletter, published on the DA’s website.

“Increasingly, it is becoming clear that the ANC will have to choose between implementing the NDP, or maintaining the unity of its tripartite alliance with Cosatu and the SACP.”

Zille said that everyone knows about the 30-year plan.

“In fact, all major parties endorsed it, which means the majority of voters voted for it,” she said.

“The NDP is our blueprint for growth and jobs. Properly implemented, the NDP will create the conditions to restore the investor confidence we need to kick-start our economy.”

But Zille maintained that weak growth and rising unemployment will result if the plan is bogged down in the ANC’s internal conflicts, red tape, endless committees and poor management.

Labour federation Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini labelled Zille a “liar”.

“Helen Zille must lick her wounds because she was defeated at the general elections last month,” Dlamini said.

“Everything she claims does not have the support of the majority of the people.

“She cannot blame the economic problems facing our country on Cosatu.”

The NDP is the ANC’s cornerstone policy for economic growth, aimed at achieving its target of creating five million jobs by 2020 and eventually 11 million by 2030.

It has become the economic fault line dividing the ANC and its tripartite alliance. The National Union of Metalworkers of SA, the largest affiliate of Cosatu, is at loggerheads with the ANC over the “neoliberal” plan.

 

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