ANC secretary general Ace Magashule has fiercely defended the use of the term “radical economic transformation.”

Magashule was in Kliptown in Soweto, where the ANC commemorated the life of struggle activist Charlotte Maxeke, who would have turned 150 years old on Wednesday, 07 April 2021.

Most recently – the term “radical economic transformation” or RET was used in labelling a faction in the ANC, which is aligned to Magashule and former president Jacob Zuma.

The ANC has consistently clarified that the transformation of the economy is a policy position of the party and not any faction. It is the project for the significant inclusion of black people – in the country’s economy.

“Radical economic transformation is the policy which was adopted at Nasrec. You can’t actually change it and turn it around and call it something else. The economy must be in the hands African people. There is no country in the world where the majority are not actually the owners of the economy. South Africa must change for the best”

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule

Ace Magashule: ‘Radical economic transformation’ must be achieved now

Ace Magashule has further said that women should play a significant role in the enforcement of the radical economic transformation policy.

“The women leadership of this country, the women’s league (ANC Women’s League) can actually play that important role, to change the lives of our people. The leadership of the church can still play that role of ensuring that our people are now living in a better South Africa,” Magashule said.

“That dream, which Mandela and many others like Charlotte Maxeke and many others, had for South Africa. The dream of making sure that all of us get out of abject poverty. That dream must be realised and it cannot take many years. It must be a dream which must be realised today and not tomorrow”

Magashule’s days in the ANC are numbered, as the NEC has given him 30 days to step aside from his post, in accordance to the party’s contentious step aside resolution. Under the resolution, ANC members facing criminal charges must step aside from their duties while the matter is before the court.

He faces a string of fraud and corruption charges in connection with a R255 million asbestos contract, awarded in the Free State in 2014, when he was still premier.

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Presh JM Reporter

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