ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa called for “economic freedom” at the launch of the party’s coffee-table book “Unity in Diversity” in Durban on Friday.
“We need to lead in a way so that a century from today our generation will say political liberation was followed up by economic liberation,” Phosa said.
The 12 leaders of the African National Congress had played their role for the country. He described them as the “12 wise men”.
“A hundred years from now, there will be another book like this; what do we want the readers to say about us?”
Phosa acknowledged the country’s biggest problem was service delivery.
“We need to sharpen implementation to make sure that service delivery reaches the poorest of the poor in our country.”
Education was essential in growing the economy.
“We need to skill our people, create jobs and grow partnerships in various parts of the world,” Phosa said
KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize said the nation should embrace the infrastructure plan announced by President Jacob Zuma in his state-of-the-nation address.
“We need to embrace the plan for a better and brighter future for South Africa. The plan will stabilise our economy.”
He said prosperity was not about one person becoming a billionaire.
“It’s about ensuring that no child goes to bed hungry and that everyone has a job.”