The Alliance Political Council comprising the National Officials of the Alliance
formations held a Plenary Session on Sunday and Monday, 10 – 11 November 2019
at Luthuli House in Johannesburg. The meeting took place against the background
of national, continental and international developments with far reaching
The Alliance Political Council reaffirmed the continuing strategic relevance of the
national democratic revolution, our historic shared strategy of struggle and
democratic transition, and the Freedom Charter as the Alliance’s lodestar. The unity
and cohesion of the Alliance and the motive force of the national democratic
revolution remain essential for the realisation of our national vision of a non-racial,
non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society, underpinned by systematic
elimination of inequality.
The meeting attached great importance to the overwhelming view emphasising the
mandatory implementation of congress and conference resolutions. The resolutions
in particular encompass the shared strategic perspective to move our democratic
transition on to a second radical phase to radically reduce the persisting high levels
of inequality, unemployment, poverty and rising social insecurity.
Our common cause is to ensure that together in unity and action, we realise the
commitments made in the ANC May 2019 general election manifesto. The manifesto
was developed by the ANC, as the strategic leader of the Alliance, in consultation
with all Alliance formations. It was accordingly endorsed by all and then taken to the
electorate for support on the ballot. The manifesto is therefore a fundamental electoral
ECONOMIC AND BROADER SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
Guided by the aforementioned shared strategic perspective and principles, the
Alliance Political Council therefore discussed the state of our economy and
appropriate strategies required to achieve structural economic
transformation, development and national prosperity. The discussion covered short-,
medium- and long-term strategies.
The official unemployment figure of 29.1% or 6.73 million unemployed South
Africans actively looking for work is a cause for concern for the Alliance. The meeting
attached great importance to the urgent necessity for a holistic approach that
involves all stakeholders and seeks to unify a widest possible range of South
Africans to address this crisis.
The interventions required include a high-impact, comprehensive and coherent
industrial strategy, underpinned by a macro-economic policy framework that
supports our national development imperatives and contributes towards higher
inclusive economic and employment growth. To this end the Alliance Political
Council assigned its Economic Working Group the task of finalising the
unifying economic strategy that is needed. The task team will report to the Alliance
Political Council in early December 2019.
The meeting expressed support for the Presidential programme to mobilise
investment for increasing the levels of national production and pursing job creation
within the framework of the decent work agenda. The government set a target in
2018 of reaching R1.2 trillion of investment over a five year period. The 2018 and
2019 investment conference pledges of R290 billion and R363 billion respectively
are combined already half-way towards meeting the target.
The turnaround of state-owned enterprises and other public entities to thrive and
contribute towards an economy that creates jobs and serves all the
people is a crucial component of our shared strategy. The meeting placed emphasis
on good governance and stable leadership at public enterprises and other public
entities. It was therefore agreed that the process to appoint a CEO for Eskom should be prioritised and thus completed.
The strategic perspective is to build a democratic developmental state and
accordingly strengthen its capacity to serve the people as a whole. Therefore
the Alliance Political Council reiterated common perspectives against
rivatisation of state assets and retrenchments in our economy.
The Alliance will also give more attention to the sphere of local government as
part of the measures required to build a capable democratic developmental
state. Local government is crucial to the delivery of government services,
community development and to that extent the improvement of the living
conditions of our people.
The meeting reiterated the Alliance’s unwavering commitment to fighting
corruption in local government and across the entire state, economy and society at large.
In line with the common commitments made in the ANC May 2019 general
election manifesto, the meeting also reiterated the absolute necessity for the
implementation and therefore compliance with the national minimum wage. The
Alliance Political Council further reaffirmed the firm commitment made in the
manifesto for supporting advances towards a living wage and comprehensive
The Alliance has a standing agreement on non-trading holidays and will
earnestly push implementation. In this regard, Alliance components appreciate
the historic leadership role of the working-class as the main and most reliable
motive force of our revolution.