CAPE TOWN (Xinhua) --
British public relations company Bell Pottinger
must be held accountable for its complicity with the Indian
Gupta family for fuelling racial tensions in South Africa, the
South African Communist Party (SACP) said on Monday.
Bell Pottinger “must
account for the harm it has caused to our country and our
movement from its dubious activities in association with, and at
the service of the Guptas,” the SACP said.
The party issued the
statement in response to an apology by Bell Pottinger which has
come under the spotlight recently for its alleged links with the
Guptas to accumulate wealth from South African state-owned
Pottinger said last week it was sorry for work it did with the
Gupta family and the Gupta-linked Oakbay Investments company.
Bell Pottinger is
accused of helping the Guptas run the “whites stole the land”
campaign and of exploiting racial tensions in the name of
diverting public focus on the Gupta family that has been under
fire for meddling in South Africa’s politics through its close
ties with President Jacob Zuma and a number of cabinet
ministers, known as state capture.
parties have rejected Bell Pottinger’s apology, with the SACP
being the latest to add its voice to the chorus of rejection.
The company is now
claiming to be apologizing, but has not said anything about the
capital it acquired from its association with the Guptas, SACP
national spokesperson Alex Mashilo said.
agenda “has weakened the capacity of our state-owned enterprises
to serve the people as a whole”, Mashilo said.
There has been
massive looting through questionable tenders and other dubious
activities ruining strategic discipline in the South African
SOEs and right in the government, according to Mashilo.
“The SACP rejects
Bell Pottinger’s so-called apology as insincere and trivial,” he
the SACP’s call for immediate criminal investigation of
prosecutable offences and for a robustly independent judicial
commission of inquiry into corporate state capture.
associated with the Guptas must constitute the basis of the
inquiry into the wider phenomenon of corporate state capture!”
South Africa’s ruling ANC wants
radical changes to improve service delivery
-- South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has
concluded its policy conference with recommendations to refine
policy in education, health, science and technology and
governance to improve performance, said an ANC official on
At a media briefing
in Johannesburg, Naledi Pandor, Chairperson of the ANC National
Executive Committee (NEC) Subcommittee on Education said, “The
conference recommended that the ANC should increase its policy,
monitoring and evaluation capacities.
“The ANC must ensure
coordination between departments and harmonization of policies
and incentives to encourage and support innovation and ensure
the take up of locally produced goods and technologies,” said
The ruling party
also recommended intensifying public engagement on and promotion
of science, technology and innovation, ensuring that public
educational institutions training professions in science and
technology are better resourced and those from poor backgrounds
are helped to enrol in them.
“The ANC must lead
society to think more positively about ourselves and our
innovation capabilities. We want to create free Wi-Fi spots and
greater attention should be given to rural areas and townships,”
The ANC would like
to see provision of quality of teaching and learning outcomes,
enhancing the skills and competencies of educators, especially
the school management team.
“The ANC takes full
responsibility of leading society in protecting public
facilities such as schools, libraries, colleges, universities,
hospitals and clinics. The ANC and its alliance partners
maintain and sustain labour relations within the basic education
sector in order to minimize conflicts which may lead to labour
unrest, loss of teaching and learning time, and potential damage
to property and educational resources,” she added.
The Member of the
ANC NEC Subcommittee on Legislature and Governance, Obed Bapela,
said the party want to be a modern one while maintaining its
historical tag as a former liberation movement.
recommended that a Presidential Commission be established to
review the provinces, their functions and see if there could be
any changes. The Commission should finish its work before the
ANC elective congress in December 2017, he said.
“We agreed that ANC
should lead in moral regeneration of society. We should mobilize
communities on issue of corruption and develop a culture of
exposing corruption and reward the whistleblowers. The party is
concerned about corruption and would like to fight it head on,”
Some of the
recommendations include the strengthening of the policies of the
State Owned Enterprises and their monitoring. The
recommendations would be discussed at branch levels in the
country and decided at the 54th ANC National
Conference in December 2017.
ANC National Policy Conference took place from June 30 to July