Ralo cracks sensitive topic for his masters

Shaanaaz de Jager

THE Red Location Museum’s acting assistant director and researcher, Mpumezo Ralo, graduated with a master’s degree in Philosophy in South African Politics and Political Economy from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) yesterday.

The single father’s thesis dealt with the inner workings of the ANC and its effect on Nelson Mandela Bay, finding that factionalism had a very negative effect on service delivery.

The paper was titled Assessing internal contestations within the ANC: The post-Polokwane political landscape – The case study of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

Ralo said yesterday the Polokwane conference was the most important event since 1994; “its effects are still with us today”.

His research looked at the extent to which the conservative policies such as Growth, Employment and Redistribution (Gear) contributed to the divisions and factionalism at the Polokwane conference in 2007. More importantly, the study unpacks the impact of the Gear policy and matters on the candidature of Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki at the ANC elective conference.

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