African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General, Ace Magashule, says Radical Economic Transformation (RET) is a 2017 Nasrec congress resolution and should not be treated like something untoward. Magashule added that RET cannot be called anything else, but with its correct name.
Magashule was speaking during the commemoration of struggle stalwart, Charlotte Maxeke's life.
A delegation of ANC and ANC Women's League leaders held a wreath laying ceremony at Maxeke's grave at Nancefield Cemetery in Soweto on Wednesday.
“Radical economic transformation is the policy that was adopted at Nasrec. You can’t actually change it and turn it around and call it something else,” Magashule said.
“The economy must be in the hands of African people. There is no country in the world where the majority are not the owners of the economy. South Africa must change for the best and I think the leadership of the women can play that important role to change the lives of our people".
The embattled ANC Secretary General said the governing party didn’t recognize the participation of women in the struggle, but that changed because of women like Maxeke.
“Because of Charlotte Maxeke the ANC opened the eyes and adopted the non-sexist character of this movement,” said Magashule.
He urged women to walk the talk on economic transformation.
“You must support each other and one another as women as Mme Charlotte says when you rise, don’t rise alone, rise with others,” he said.
The ANC began its commemoration programprogramme by visiting Maxeke's home in Kliptown, finding the house dilapidated and sewage running in the street.
Family member, Olga Sema, said she hoped the ANC would help fix the house and get the street cleaned.
“I am happy ANC is here and hope it will do something and hope it happen while some of us are still here [alive] to see the improvements which the owner of this house wanted to see. If the owner of the house is seeing us she is asking ‘these people come here year after year and streets are still like this and the house is still like this,” Sema said.
The ANC is celebrated Maxeke with different events around the country.
Maxeke was born in Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape in 1871 and died in 1939 in Johannesburg. She was the first woman to graduate with a university degree in South Africa and also the first woman to earn a degree from an American university, with a Bachelor of Science from Wilberforce University in Ohio.
The ANC has declared 2021 "The Year of Unity, Renewal and Reconstruction in the Year of Charlotte Maxeke".