Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress chairman Sihle Zikalala on Sunday promised that government "will move with greater speed to ensure that economic development fruits are shared among the country’s citizens in line with the Freedom Charter".
Speaking to thousands of ANC supporters at the party's "Siyanqoba" election rally at Edendale Wadley Stadium in Pietermaritzburg, Zikalala said while the first 25 years of liberation had been about securing political power, focus had now shifted to economic power, and land was a crucial element in ensuring that this target was met.
“We are not ashamed about radical economic transformation and we are firm on land expropriation without compensation. We will want to ensure that redistributed of land is used to economic effect by bringing skills and other forms of assistance to beneficiaries,” he said.
The ANC had a comprehensive programme that would ensure a better life for everyone, from education to social development, and would work with traditional leaders and other structures.
He conceded that crime had emerged as one of the problems facing government. “One of the things we will work towards is crime and corruption at all levels of government from national to local, so that all levels put the needs of the people at the forefront.”