Bloemfontein - The ANC will stay with its policy decision to
retain a mixed economy, new ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize said on Friday.
"This conference decided no wholesale nationalisation
in South Africa," Mkhize said at a business briefing hosted by The New Age
He said the issue of nationalisation and specifically that
of mines was pushed by the ANC Youth League as a policy issue to be followed
and to be adopted at the national conference.
Mkhize said the ANC and its National General Council
examined the matter through research, overseas visits and discussions, and a
model encompassing different forms of ownership prevailed.
"It was analysed," he said.
However, he said the problems in the mining sector would be
looked at, as well as how mining communities would share in the wealth from
"What do they (mining houses) do for communities?"
Mkhize said government, the mining sector and labour must
look at how everybody benefits from the wealth created by the mines.
Mkhize was supported by ANC deputy president Cyril
Ramaphosa, who wanted South Africans to understand how the ANC works and
debates issues as a democratic organisation.
"It is deeply democratic; the process may seem messy,
confused, may seem noisy, disruptive and disorganised," said Ramaphosa.
"That is (how) democracy works," he said.
Ramaphosa said government has a responsibility towards all
in the country.
"The approach is set out: people shall share in the
wealth of South Africa.
"The ANC must see to that and the state would intervene."
He said the state had already started with a state mining
company and next would be the pharmaceutical industry.
He said the focus would be on "effective
Ramaphosa said the South African government had come up with
a very bold National Development Plan for the country.
It should be clear that government would in the process
intervene to make sure that everybody, the people of South Africa, would get
their share, he said.
The ANC is the majority party in South Africa's Parliament.