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ANC aiming for 2.5 million members

2012-12-16 21:50

Mangaung - The ANC wants to increase its membership to over 5% of the population to keep opposition parties at bay.

This is revealed in the organisational report ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe delivered to the more than 4 500 delegates attending the ANC elective conference in Mangaung on Sunday.

Currently, the ANC has over 1.2 million members and wants to increase that number to about 2.5 million.

Mantashe's report says despite the party’s good performance in the elections there are signs that the party’s support has declined in some of the traditional support areas, in favour of opposition parties, especially the DA.

"Those early signs of tight competition must be a reminder that there will be a need for a bigger machinery and visible presence in all wards.

"Growing membership is a necessary step in building the necessary capacity for taking on any competition in future. A 2-million member ANC that is only 4% of the population has a chance of knitting together a bigger and better machinery into the future. A good party must have a membership equal to 5% of the population," says the report.

Mantashe told the conference that about 14% of branches did not qualify to attend the conference as they were not in good standing, and most of them were from the Eastern Cape, North West and the Western Cape.

He lamented gate-keeping in the process of recruiting members, and the tendency of members who have their own members by buying membership in bulk.

Mantashe also lamented ill-discipline in the party, and suggested that the party should consider amending its constitution to bar lawyers from representing members when the party charges them for flouting its rules.

There's also a proposal that party leaders should not be allowed to represent members when they face internal disciplinary charges “to avoid any real or perceived conflict of interest”.

The decision by ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa to represent axed ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema when he faced charges of bringing the party into disrepute in 2010 did not sit well with some leaders in the organisation.

Comments
  • debduplessis - 2012-12-16 21:53

    That aint going to happen chaps especially as Trevor also no longer believes in your circus or are you going to set matric passes at 15-20% to make sure future generations are DUMB enough!???

      lownabester - 2012-12-16 21:57

      hahaha Running scared, are you??? The DA are catching up.

      roiboss - 2012-12-16 22:28

      Silly little wit boys when will you learn

      Bobby - 2012-12-16 22:30

      If people can become member for R12 - less than what the cheapest pack of 20's cigarettes cost them (legally), and it would maybe benefit them somehow, they will fork out the 12 bucks. It doesn't mean they are then loyal to you Gwede.

      luviwe.jay - 2012-12-16 22:39

      I wonder how many who attend meetings and can arliculate party policies when they recruit new members hence there is this bulk buying of membership. How I wish they can try to recruit me. They will leave with their tails between their legs.

      colin.dovey - 2012-12-17 09:12

      @craig - you sound just as confused as the rest of the ANC at Mangaung

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-12-16 21:57

    2.5 million out of 52 million people. Unimpressive.

      75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-16 22:16

      what about the DA?

      gray.braatvedt - 2012-12-17 07:08

      Yes Sibusiso, what about the DA? What's the point of party 'membership'? I can understand a gym membership or a union membership where you get benefits from it. But if you are getting 'benefits' from belonging to a particular political party that smacks of corruption and ethical bankruptcy. A political party should rely on it's performance to ensure continued support, not backhands.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-16 22:05

    the cANCer wants to spread...

  • alican.francem - 2012-12-16 22:12

    5% from where youth we are not interested zumanthashe. Loyalist are now old come 2014.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-16 22:13

    1.2million members minus me and my friends double check again Gwede.

      Bobby - 2012-12-16 22:31

      Ok, thats funny.

  • 75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-16 22:17

    and we will achieve that goal Mr SG,

      debduplessis - 2012-12-16 22:18

      only those who are zombies will listen

      Bobby - 2012-12-16 22:36

      Sure. At R12 a piece/a year it should be easy. Even beggars can afford it. Make sure they get a chicken licken budget meal of R20 once a year, they will renew their membeship with a smile. (hey, why not put in a voucher wit the membership pack of R20 at KFC or Chicken Licken? I am not sure I should say this in public.. where does my commission go now.

      angela.salloway - 2012-12-17 10:57

      Sibusis, don't you think it is wrong that so few of our population deternmine the president of our country? I know that the ANC is the most popular party amongst the majority of the population, but it doesn't mean the majority of the population is in favour of the ANC's choice of president, it is just a select few who choose. It is so wrong!

  • vic.hammond.77 - 2012-12-16 22:21

    They have the nack of attracting the gullible and uneducated black voters, by promising the impossible prior to elections. When it doesn't happen,excuse after excuse is offered. Will they EVER learn??

      Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-16 22:36

      i disagree with u vic.hammond....the ANC does not only attract the uneducated its even an insult to the movement....coz the apartheid regime contributed to the so called uneducated by not granting them the opportunity to get proper education.....it does attract the educated too for some r the fruits of the many opportunities the ANC fought for.....for them to be accepted nd enrolled at these universities......

      colin.dovey - 2012-12-17 09:18

      To become an ANC Member you have got to carry a "card" right? One side: "struggle credentials" - now if you don't have that, then the other side is the "race card" - what else does the ANC offer...certainly not a good education, hospitals, police and security for everybody, public transport - ooops - forgot...they DO offer plenty of opportunities for cadre placement and corruption.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-17 11:25

      Vic.hammond.77. They haven't checked for years how many members are actually paying their fees every year. If they would, their membership would drop like the proverbial stone.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-16 22:27

    its possible nd achievable Sir......the ANC is capable to get to 2.5 million members nd even more......we will not sell this country's legacy to the DA......

      debduplessis - 2012-12-16 22:34

      then you deserve your little people called the ANC they not any brighter!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-16 22:52

      This country's legacy has been bought and sold. Queue up for the new political school because the only way the ANC will retain control is through abuse and terror

      tuscartau.tau - 2012-12-16 23:47

      Keep on dreaming Comrade Gwede Mantashe,atleast 2.5 million members is only achievable in your dreams.

      colin.dovey - 2012-12-17 09:20

      Quite right, because what we have ALL got right now is a living nightmare!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-17 11:27

      Mbuso Siera, This country's legacy happens to belong to the people and not to the ANC.

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-12-16 22:48

    Easy.. when poverty breeds poverty and quality is a minority requirement.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-16 23:01

    i feel ashamed for the guys who think they r educated nd see the DA as an option.....u might think u educated but not all ur family r.....its sill rare in the black community to find a whole generation of educated ppl...we still have long way nd we getting there.........history has told us that u cannot trust a movement ot the whites coz the only call u friend if they want to benefit from u not that they have u at their interest.....go ask Zille's gardener nd housemade........ the ANC might be having loopholes they r working on that...2day we call ourselves educated because of the opportunities they allowed us to have......

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-16 23:18

      Mbuso, and after 20 years this is your best effort at convincing people to stay at/join this racist movement? Educated doesn't mean clever, and by this I mean that more people than what you think are tired of this bunch of crooks and robbers. But you stay with them, thats ok, if this mochery of a democracy we have now satisfy you. Little do you know how this current racist utopia of yours are actually robbing you of even better opportunities, true financial wealth and a secure future. Thank heavens most will progress and insist on something better. And you wonder why a lot of whiteys are insisting on their own homeland?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-17 11:29

      Mbuso.Siera. If I were you I would leave the word 'educated' out of my vocabulary.

  • raulcharliebravo - 2012-12-16 23:03

    You must have had lots of Moet Chandon before the speech. You leaders are mastering the art of stabing each other in the back and you are now starting to run scared because you are unable to keep any promises made. Yes the education system is much worse than during the apartheid system.Speaking about the school books delivery, you are right in saying that during apartheid there was only one book delivered to a school-TO TEACHER ONLY . Now not even the teacher gets a book. The only way you are going to get 5% of the population is by recruiting imbeciles like yourself.

      nkuli.gcanga - 2012-12-16 23:17

      You leaders are mastering the art of stabing each other in the back... the kingdom of darkness fights against itself.

      nkuli.gcanga - 2012-12-16 23:17

      You leaders are mastering the art of stabing each other in the back... the kingdom of darkness fights against itself.

  • Jaco JP Venter - 2012-12-16 23:23

    Stop BEE and employ people that can do the job stop looking at the colour of a person skin and then maybe u can make up the 5% votes from white people. Just a idea

  • doreen.nokwanda - 2012-12-16 23:47

    Remove shower head and I can guarantee you da 5% will double.

  • John - 2012-12-17 01:12

    It amazes me that 2% of our population choose the corrupt morons that rule OUR country! How is this possible?

      Sibusiso - 2012-12-17 05:53

      The 2% proposes. The name of a corrupt person and an even bigger percentage endorses him in the general election.If the ANC presents us with a corrupt candidate ,we need to show our disapproval by NOT voting for it.

  • Nkitsing Bokaba - 2012-12-17 01:18

    We dnt care who win as people of southafrica,we know were we stand during national and local elections,we are not children they can make decisions but our minds know were we stand,now is time for whitespeople to develop the country,we are sinking down ,because people rich them self not people of southafricans

      Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-17 11:27

      Nkitsing u r a lost child.....what do u mean white people to develop this country........u certainly don't have an eye for were u coming 4rm,were u r now nd were u going as a black child....pls dont trade this country back with ur vote..... in 2014

  • Sibusiso - 2012-12-17 02:40

    Well , you can count me out and I'm not the only one!

  • johnny.august.31 - 2012-12-17 03:32

    And do not forget that some of this members joined only to BENEFIT out of the corrupt ANC

  • poppie.malinga - 2012-12-17 04:37

    Zuma or Mothlante, im joining the ANC

  • mpho.tsoenyane - 2012-12-17 04:48

    Who wants 2 be a member of a morally rotten party? Only those who want to enrich themselves. Sorry Mr SG me n my family re sharp ke lona

  • mmbali - 2012-12-17 05:58

    ANC is forevr thinking of itself, the sooner it starts looking at the real needs of the country the bettr.

      Wally Wal - 2012-12-17 07:37

      Which tactics are they going to use ! LIES and PROMISES as usual

  • godrick.mlambo - 2012-12-17 08:41

    Those at local branches r often paranoid abt conferring memberships to those they perceive competitive to them....

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2012-12-17 10:32

    How about aiming for 2.5 million jobs?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-17 11:21

    That's easy, just cook the figures.

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