On Friday the governing party opened its sixth policy conference at Nasrec, south of Johannesburg — a first under the leadership of Cyril Ramaphosa.
During the SACP’s message of support, Mapaila called for a more collaborative approach between tripartite alliance partners in the quest to find solutions to the country’s many crises, including the struggling economy, rolling blackouts, the land question and unemployment.
Referring to Eskom, Mapaila implied that if the ANC had worked with its alliance partners to find solutions to load-shedding, they would have made progress.
“The alliance have agreed on a comprehensive economic analysis so that when we face challenges we don't blame one another — it is our belief that as a developing country we need to build SOEs [rather] then sell them. We would not be in this situation with Eskom — communities in the dark due to load-shedding,” he said.