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50th National Conference: Resolutions - General resolutions

of the Government of Provincial Unity in the Western Cape

This Conference noting:

  • The decision by the National Party in the Western Cape to end
    the government of provincial unity in the province by removing the four ANC MECs, the
    deputy speaker and the ANC chairpersons of committees;
  • That the DP and ACDP have opted to participate in Kriel's
    "multi-party" cabinet and have actively supported the ending of the government
    of provincial unity by voting for the provincial constitution;
  • That Kriel's much vaunted plan to bring two outside experts
    into the provincial cabinet failed dismally when not a single credible African or Coloured
    leader approached accepted his offer;
  • The tremendous achievements of the four ANC MECs in regard to
    both the transformation of provincial departments and the effective delivery achieved in
    every corner of the province.

And Believing that:

  • The NP is intent on consolidating white minority privilege in
    a desperate attempt to block fundamental transformation and bolster its declining support
    base in the Western Cape;
  • The DP's eagerness to participate in Kriel's racist cabinet,
    while refusing the invitation of our President to be part of the National Cabinet, is a
    clear illustration of its inherent racism and reveals an agenda which, simply put, aims to
    preserve privilege at all costs;
  • The deliberate exclusion of the ANC from the provincial
    cabinet effectively excludes over 38% of the people of the Western Cape from participation
    within the executive and will impact negatively on the ability of the provincial
    government to meet the basic needs of the people of the province;
  • The NP's actions are a serious threat to nation-building,
    non-racialism and unity both in the Western Cape and the country as a whole, and have led
    to the further polarisation of communities within the Western Cape and between the
    province and the rest of South Africa;
  • Kriel's government has failed to bring about transformation so
    needed in the Western Cape and that systematic attempts will be made by the NP to roll
    back the gains made by the ANC MECs.

Therefore resolves:

  • To call on the incoming NEC to urgently develop a programme of
    action aimed at supporting the ANC in the Western Cape in its new role as an effective,
    vibrant and committed opposition to NP rule;
  • That such political investment by the NEC should prioritise
    the development, together with the ANC in the province, of a political programme which
    will ensure the comprehensive defeat of the NP in the 1999 elections;
  • To call on all people of the Western Cape and beyond, who are
    committed to nation building, to unite and fight this last vestige of racist rule together
    with the ANC, in order to ensure that we achieve a better life for all the people of the
    Western Cape and bring about lasting freedom for all the people of South Africa.

Isithwalandwe Seaparankoe, Nelson Mandela

That this Conference noting:

  • The immense contribution of President Nelson Rolihlahla
    Mandela to the ANC and his rich experience in the struggle for liberation;
  • Further Noting Cde Madiba's rare capacity to fire with
    enthusiasm all members of the ANC and to inspire even the humblest among our people;
  • Noting further that Cde Mandela is a symbol and an embodiment
    of the best virtues of all our people, the disciplined struggle of the peoples of Africa
    to regain their freedom and dignity, their bravery, determination, loyalty and vision;
  • And further recognising his exceptional leadership role in the
    process of national reconciliation and nation-building in South Africa, in Africa, and in
    the world;
  • Therefore Resolves that this 50th Conference of the African
    National Congress directs the incoming NEC, fully cognisant of his richly deserved rest,
    to immediately confer with Cde Mandela as to how the leading structures of the ANC can
    still benefit from his immense experience in the task of raising the ANC and South Africa
    to greater heights.

Strategy and Tactics

  • This 50th Conference of the ANC broadly endorses the draft
    Strategy and Tactics document, and; Recognising the shortcomings highlighted in the
    reports of some of the commissions of Conference; Noting the President's Address and the
    proposed amendments to the draft document;
  • Mandates the NEC to establish a sub-committee of not less than
    three persons to prepare a revised version which would take into account the identified
    shortcomings, report back to the NWC by the end of March 1998 with a view to enabling the
    NEC to adopt a final version of the Strategy and Tactics to guide the work of our movement
    in the period ahead.