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ANC statement on the Cabinet Lekgotla

25 May 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) wishes the Government well with its three-day Cabinet Lekgotla deliberations starting tomorrow (Tuesday, 26 May 2009) – the first since the swearing in of Comrade Jacob Zuma as President of the Republic of South Africa.

The ANC will – following the Lekgotla deliberations – closely monitor the delivery progress agreed upon by Government, especially the implementation of the five priority areas contained in the Election Manifesto. The priority areas are crime, education; rural development, land and agrarian reform; creation of decent work and sustainable livelihoods; health and education. The Manifesto is the basis for the realisation of the mandate given to the ANC by the people of South Africa who overwhelmingly voted the ANC into power in the 2009 elections. Meaningful intervention in such areas as hospitals, clinics schools and housing is paramount.

In particular, the ANC would like to see progress and clear timelines for delivery emanating from the Lekgotla. Of concern to the ANC is Government’s success in implementing the five-year National Health Insurance System (NHIS) because of the impact it would have on the poor. The ANC’s 52nd National Conference singled out health among five key priorities for delivery by Government, reaffirming the implementation of the NHIS by strengthening the public healthcare system and ensuring adequate provision of funding. The NHIS also seeks to ensure Government’s intervention in the high cost of health provision.

We have noted the atmosphere characterised by strikes in the various sectors of our economy. We are convinced that labour, business and Government will find a solution in the bargaining chamber deliberations.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson

Brian Sokutu 071 671 6899
Ishmael Mnisi 082 333 5550