In a build-up to the local government polls in November, former President Thabo Mbeki has called for a sit-down discussion to enable thorough reform in the African National Congress (ANC) as well as maximum support from all stakeholders.
Mbeki made this disclosure on Thursday at a business forum in Johannesburg which was part of the ANC campaign trail ahead of the local government poll.
While speaking at the forum, Mbeki urged supporters and stakeholders to believe in the party’s ideology and join hands to support the administration of the ANC for South Africa to grow.
During the interactive session, Mbeki stated that a collaboration between the government and businesses will be a starting point to bring into reality the campaign promises of the ANC.
He noted that the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP) can only manifest if businesses and other social entities are willing to work with the ANC to enable economic reform.
He further lamented that the social compact between government, business, labour and civil society which birthed the ERRP has not yielded any workable result since its inception.
“Part of the tragedy is that since then, the social partners have not kept that commitment, to work together to produce a plan which will be implemented and take this country away from this terrible past which is today impacting millions of our people with poverty and unemployment,” he said.
Mbeki however urged that to remedy the economic downturn, it is expedient that all sectors join hands together to achieve similar goals.
“We must get together as social partners and produce these monies to invest in this economy because, in the context of local government, if we don’t do that these commitments will not happen,” Mbeki said.