ANC to tighten up integrity rules

2015-10-10 12:34
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2015-10-09 18:41

President Jacob Zuma delivered his political report at the ANC's National General Council at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Zuma emphasised the party's core values before addressing the worrying decline in the party's membership. He also rubbished claims of "kingmakers" within the ANC.WATCH

The ANC has decided to empower its integrity commission by giving it serious decision-making powers, which will see it take action against members whose actions are negatively affecting the public’s perception of the party.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told journalists last night – following a closed session on the state of the organisation – that they would be calling for the national general council to endorse the decision to give the flailing integrity commission teeth.

“We have owned up to the fact that we have not implemented many of the recommendations made by the commission. We have asked the general council to accept that the integrity commission should be given a task to make decisions.”

The commission was established two years ago to deal with issues related to corruption and the tainting of the party image. The establishment of the body came after concerns that the party was losing voters because of senior leaders who serious allegations against them.

The Mail & Guardian reported in May that even members of the National Executive Committee were not taking the commission seriously.

The members levelled accusations against the commission, saying that its decisions and recommendations were not binding and showed bias because some leaders were not subjected to its processes, while others were.

The call to empower the commission comes after President Jacob Zuma took to task ill-disciplined members of the organisation in his political report at the start of the conference yesterday morning.

Zuma said that membership was declining in the party because there was not enough active recruitment in branches because people wanted to keep the branches small enough to control.

He also chastised factionalism and so-called kingmakers in the party.

The 4th national general council of the ANC is taking place at Gallagher Estate in Midrand and will come to an end tomorrow.
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