Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s draft economic recovery strategy will be discussed at the next African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) meeting.
This is according to an ANC statement issued on Tuesday morning.
The statement said ANC’s top six officials met with Mboweni on Monday to discuss the strategy.
Enoch Godongwana, chairperson of ANC’s sub-committee on economic development, also attended the meeting.
Call for inputs
The top officials called on ANC branches as well as alliance partners to make inputs to the proposed plan.
The National Officials calls on our Alliance partners, Mass Democratic Movement formations, civil society, the business community and all people of South Africa and their organised formations, to make inputs that would enrich the document and set the country on a sustained growth trajectory.ANC
The National Treasury released the document last week and similarly called for public input.
However, Mboweni has been under fire from ANC’s alliance partners Cosatu and South African Communist Party (SACP) over the document.
Both raised questions about its “sudden release,” with Cosatu going as far as calling for its withdrawal.
Cosatu further criticised it for “exploiting” South Africa’s dire economic situation to push a “rightwing agenda.”
Sympathetic top six
Nevertheless, Mboweni appears to have found a more sympathetic listening ear from the top six officials.
In a Facebook post late Monday night, he praised how they “treated” him during their meeting.
The manner in which the ANC NEC Officials treated me today, September 2, 2019, reminded me of how previous ANC Presidents always appreciated my “unusual” WAYS!
Respect, courteous, encouraging, appreciative of my “disruptive” but “propeltive” [sic] nature. Disruptive and Destructive of “inertia” to move forward.Tito Mboweni