ANC denies Mpumalanga 'Ghost Member' report

By Drum Digital
12 October 2012

The ANC denied a report on Friday that ghost members were included in the audit of a Mpumalanga branch to boost support for President Jacob Zuma.

"We will not give credence to a report like that, because we know that it simply cannot be true," African National Congress spokesman Keith Khoza said.

The Mail & Guardian reported on Friday that an anti-Zuma group in Mpumalanga accused provincial and regional party leaders of colluding with auditors to inflate membership figures.

According to documents reportedly seen by the newspaper, more than 2000 ghost members in the Bohlabela region were added to the final audit, which the ANC headquarters conducted in August.

The audit has a direct bearing on the ANC's national conference in Mangaung in December, because provincial membership determines the size of each province's voting delegation.

According to the ANC's constitution, at least 90 percent of delegates at the national conference would be from branches.

Each branch in good standing would be entitled to at least one delegate.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told the newspaper that he had not received any complaints about the auditing process yet.

He would not comment on the documents as he had not seen them.

"A person might give you fake documents. When people go to a conference they become desperate... If there are queries, why are people not raising them with the auditors and the organisation?" he asked.

"Why would you be regarded as a genuine member if you take internal matters to the media? I am responsible for these kinds of queries.

"It seems people are now replacing my office with the M&G. Once people behave that way, we suspect they are being mischievous," Mantashe said.

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