Zuma hopes to have 1,3?million ANC members by 2017, despite slump

2015-10-15 06:00

ALTHOUGH the ANC’s membership numbers have dropped they are expected to reach 1,3 million in the near future, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

The ANC’s membership numbers dropped from a little more than 1,2 million in 2012 to 769 870 this year.

“This correctly shocked the delegates and membership because we all want to see a growing ANC all the time,” Zuma said during his closing address at the ANC’s National General Council (NGC) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Guateng

The numbers presented at the conference reflected audit members.

“As is also known, this is usually lower than the figures on the database which would include all categories such as those whose membership had lapsed, those who are still on probation and those that have been unfortunate victims of gatekeeping and membership system administrative problems.

“The NGC has also taken resolutions to improve the membership administration system and to eliminate tendencies such as gatekeeping and the bulk-buying of votes.”

Zuma said the party intends to have 1,3 million members in good standing on the database before or at least by 2017.

But the ANC has to work hard to achieve that goal. “Let us grow the ANC, not only in terms of quantity but also quality,” he said, adding the ANC has to win back all its traditional supporters who are dissatisfied with the party.

“We will win them back based on how we conduct ourselves as members and also how we implement the good policies of the ANC.”

The NGC reaffirmed its commitment to rooting out corruption and factionalism. This was why it agreed to support the integrity commission which will promote ethical behaviour, he said.

The integrity committee is made up of ANC veterans such as Ahmed Kathrada, Frene Ginwala and Andrew Mlangeni.

The ANC resolved that the committee will no longer make recommendations regarding those who are seen to bring the party into disrepute, but can make decisions, which are binding.

Before Zuma started his closing address, excited delegates marched up and down the aisles in the plenary hall singing and dancing.

The atmosphere was more upbeat than the first day on conference on Friday.

During his closing address Zuma said the NGC was ending on a high note because of robust discussions and delegates had been disciplined.

The delegates were singing and chanting as they left the venue of the NGC. - News24

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