BLOEMFONTEIN, The African People's Convention (APC) which held its National Policy Conference here over the weekend has resolved that South Africa has to change its name to be truly free from its colonial history.

APC President Themba Godi reiterated this at the third national policy conference of the party, which was attended by about 200 delegates in Bloemfontein, the capital of Free State Province.

The APC, which has one seat in the 400-seat National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, will celebrate 10 years since its formation when it broke away from the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC).

Godi said the APC was fully satisfied that the party had established itself in order to carry out community responsibilities:

We are satisfied that the APC has stood the test of time and has proven itself in terms of work on the ground and things that we've done to assist our communities, but also in the very responsible way that we are leading the standing committee on public accounts in Parliament. All of these affirm to the superior ideas that the APC possess and affirms that the APC is here to stay.

Godi says the party wanted to see serious transformation to close the painful chapter of colonial humiliation. To close the painful chapter of colonial national humiliation, we know that these debates were there in the 1960s and 70s and ultimately there was broad agreement that Azania be the name that our country has after liberation.

Godi also sad the party wants the country to do away with provincial governments and district municipalities. He labelled provincial governments as nothing more than glorified homelands and a waste of money.

They are no more than havens of corruption and inefficiency.The money needed for critical developmental programmes are wanted in the administration of these entities.

The APC maintains that the only way to restore the dignity of African people is by returning land to its rightful owners.


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