ANC membership will reach 1.3m - Zuma

2015-10-11 19:02
(Genevieve Quintal, News24)

(Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg - Although the ANC's membership numbers had dropped it was expected to reach 1.3 million in the near future, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

The ANC's membership numbers had 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," he said during his closing address at the ANC's National General Council (NGC) in Midrand, Johannesburg.

The numbers at 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 intended to have 1.3 million members in good standing on the database before or at least by 2017.

But the ANC had to work hard to achieve that goal.

"Let us grow the ANC, not only in terms of quantity but also quality," he said.

Zuma said the ANC had to win back all its traditional supporters who were dissatisfied with the party ahead of next year's local government elections.

"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 to root out corruption and factionalism, this was why it had agreed to support the integrity commission which would 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 would no longer make recommendations regarding those who are seen to bring the party into disrepute, but could not make decisions, which were 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.

"We congratulate all the delegates for reaffirming the standing of the ANC as a leader of society and as a disciplined, vibrant and dynamic instrument for social change."

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