The ANC Youth League has laid into the parent party's discussion paper on the
economy, calling its reservations about the nationalisation of mines
opportunistic, intransigent and ill-informed.
In a response to the ANC's discussion document on economic transformation, the
league said it was "idle" to ask who would pay for the nationalisation of the
Yesterday, Max Sisulu and Enoch Godongwane, who both sit on the ANC's economic
transformation committee, briefed the media about the discussion document on
The ANC will discuss the document at its national general council next month.
Sisulu said the youth league proposals on nationalisation of mines and how to
transform the industry was what government was already doing.
He said while the debate continues on how the state must intervene in the
economy, any effort to bring about more equitable economic changes must be done
within the balance of power in the economy.
"That means there will be lobby and push-back from existing centres of power as
well as the potential beneficiaries of alternative policies.
"We need to ensure that proposals become more specific," he said.
Sisulu said more radical proposals "inevitably bring greater risks, specifically
around capital flight, loss of skills and destabilisation of production
Godongwane said there were areas in which they disagreed with the youth league
on the type of instrument that must be used to bring about changes in the mining
sector, but that there were concerns about government incentives in the sector.
"There are areas of concern in relation to the strategy we have adopted in the
mining industry. Even the incentive (BEE compliant) that we have used is
basically a one-sided instrument.
Godongwane said before decisions are taken "national interests must be
The league dismissed the question raised in the discussion document produced by
the ANC about who would pay for nationalisation.
"Again this is an idle question and reflects that no adequate attention was paid
to the ANC Youth League's perspective on the nationalisation of mines," the